In Estonia three times in a row failed to elect a President. Now a word for the electoral College

The Parliament of Estonia on Tuesday, 30 August 2016, during the parliamentary round of voting failed to elect a President, and now, the right of electing the head of state over the electoral College. None of the candidates in the course of three rounds in the Parliament failed to gain the win two-thirds of the votes of the parliamentarians, or at least 68 votes out of 101, reports «Interfax-Ukraine» with reference to the Republican electoral Commission (RIK).

The first and second rounds took place on August 29.

In particular, during the third, final round of parliamentary voting, the former Vice-President of the European Commission, the honourable leader of the reform Party Siim Kallas has received support from 42 votes, his rival, Vice-Chairman of the largest opposition Party «Center» Mailis reps 26 votes. 30 deputies do not give anyone preference and voted «blank» ballots.

The Chairman of the Parliament no later than on Wednesday will announce the date of the vote in the electoral College, which consists of 101 members of Parliament and representative of the 234 local councils.

According to preliminary data, the local authorities shall appoint their representatives to the College by 17 September, and the electoral College will meet on Saturday, September 24. There the voting takes place in two rounds, and the winner will be the candidate with the second round of voting a simple majority of votes.

If the electoral College cannot elect a President, the whole procedure starts again.

President have the right to run only Estonian citizens by birth who has attained 40 years of age. The candidate may not be in active military service. At the time of tenure, the President is obliged to suspend the membership of any political party.

The mandate of the current President Toomas Hendrik Ilves to expire in October of this year. He has held this post for the second official five-year term and, under the Constitution, cannot be elected a third time.

Recall, thi is known for its principled Pro-Ukrainian position.




In Estonia three times in a row failed to elect a President. Now a word for the electoral College 31.08.2016

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