The Supreme Court of Estonia decides not to consider EKRE’s complaint about the election results

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The Supreme Court of Estonia decided on Friday not to consider the complaint of the national-populist Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), in which it contested the results of electronic voting in the parliamentary elections.

EKRE leader Martins Helme
EKRE leader Martins Helme Photo: RAIGO PAJULA/AFP

The Supreme Court of Estonia decided on Friday not to consider the complaint of the national-populist Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), in which it contested the results of electronic voting in the parliamentary elections.

The Supreme Court stated that EKRE’s complaint had to be submitted to the Central Election Commission first, therefore the consideration of this complaint is currently not within the competence of the Supreme Court.

It has already been reported that in the complaint the party claimed that there were several anomalies and technical problems during the electronic voting, which calls into question the reliability of the infrastructure used in the electronic voting.

EKRE’s claim also stated that the parliamentary election law does not provide for electronic voting regulations.

It has already been reported that EKRE leader Martins Helme promised to challenge the results of electronic voting in court on the night after the election.

In last week’s elections, more than half of the votes were cast electronically.

When the central election commission started to publish the first results from the polling stations where the votes cast by paper ballots were counted after the polls closed on Sunday evening, EKRE took a clear lead, ahead of the Reform Party, however, when the votes cast electronically were counted a few hours later, for reformists became convincing leaders.

According to the election results, the liberal Reform Party will have 37 mandates, the national populist EKRE – 17 mandates, the center-left Center Party – 16 mandates, the liberal party “Estonia 200” – 14 mandates, the Social Democratic Party – nine mandates and the national conservative party “Tēvzeme” – eight mandates. There are a total of 101 deputies in Rīga Kogu.

On Wednesday, the Reform Party, “Estonia 200” and the Social Democrats started negotiations on forming a ruling coalition.

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