Rural Estonia steers clear of major parties

  • 1999-10-21
  • By Tricia Cornell
SILLAMAE - Maybe Estonia has had too much campaigning for one year. Maybe political slogans left the electorate cold. One thing is certain: something kept voters away from the polls. In the third local elections since Estonia regained independence, 49.4 percent of just over 1 million eligible voters used their right to vote. This is the lowest turnout in local or parliamentary elections in eight years. The turnout in local elections was 52.1 percent in 1996 and 52.6 percent in 1993. Estonia's intellectual capital, Tartu, showed the lowest turnout, with 40.1 percent, while rural Jogeva and P...
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