The political parties are using their more famous members on local election lists to get more votes, distributing them across districts—a practice that sometimes leads to the strangest situations, writes Rene Kundla, ERR's correspondent in Lääne and Ida-Viru County.
Some time ago, Ida-Viru County daily Põhjarannik wrote about a case where a rural municipality refused to pay parent benefits to a mother because she lived elsewhere—despite her entry in the local population register.
According to the same logic, Estonia’s Electoral Committee would have to bar several candidates from standing for election. While in the case of parliamentary elections the place of entry of a candidacy isn’t connected to a candidate’s registered place of residence, local elections are different—here, any candidate for a council seat has to be a registered resident of the municipality where they are running on the cut-off date of Aug. 1 of the election year.
Though the registered place of residence isn’t specified in Estonian law in any more detail, then-Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder responded to an enquiry in the matter saying the following: “Submitting false information to gain the right to stand for election is without a doubt reprehensible and goes against the sense of justice of the real permanent residents of the local administration unit in question.”
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