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Estonia on the ballot, PM Kallas seeks a second term

Estonians vote to elect a new parliament

05 March, 17:11
(ANSA) - VILNIUS, 05 MAR - Estonians vote today to elect a new parliament, in a contest that could strengthen far-right nationalists opposed to further arms deliveries to Ukraine.

Premier Kaja Kallas's center-right Reformist Party is still expected to pull off a narrow victory, garnering 28.7 percent of the vote, and will probably have to form a coalition to remain firmly in power.

According to Kantar Emor's survey conducted in February, the far-right Ekre is expected to place second with 18.2 percent of support. The survey places the Center Party at 13.4 percent, Estonia 200 at 13.4 percent, the Social Democrats at 10.1 and Isamaa (Fatherland) at 8.5 percent.

Estonia, a country of 1.3 million people bordering Russia, has a unicameral parliament with 101 seats. A member of the EU and NATO, this Baltic state has been among the first in the past year to advocate the importance of sending more military aid to Ukraine to combat the Russian invasion. Forty-seven percent of citizens eligible to vote have already cast their ballots in advance.

According to the Baltic country's electoral system, voters can cast their votes-electronically or at polling stations-in the week before the election upon simple notification to the election office. Among those who decided to express their preference in advance, a record number of citizens-about 313,000-have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote electronically during this week. (ANSA).

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