Election procedures and deadlines in Riigikogu elections 2019

Date

Term

Act

2 December 2018 at the latest

At least three months before the election day

The President of the Republic calls the elections.

 

After the elections are called

The National Electoral Committee distributes the mandates between the electoral districts.

 

On the next working day after the distribution of the mandates

The nomination of candidates for registration begins.

2 January 2019 at the latest

On the 60th day before the election day at the latest

The Ministry of the Interior sends an electronic voter card to the voters who live permanently abroad or stay temporarily abroad, according to the information in the Population Register, and who have applied for the card via the Estonian State Portal.

12 January 2019 at the latest

On the 50th day before the election day at the latest

The rural municipality or city government designates the voting districts by a resolution.

17 January 2019

On the 45th day before the election day

The nomination of candidates for registration ends (at 6 p.m.)

19 January 2019 at the latest

On the 43th day before the election day at the latest

Correction of errors in the candidates’ documents ends (at 6 p.m).

22 January 2019 at the latest

On the 40th day before the election day at the latest

The National Electoral Committee registers the candidates who have been nominated for registration correctly.

22 January 2019 at the latest

On the 40th day before the election day at the latest

The political parties participating in the election present to the rural municipality or city secretary one candidate for membership in the voting district committee.

23 January 2019

Starting on the last day for the registration of candidates

The beginning of active election campaigning, during which any political outdoor advertising is not allowed.

25 January 2019 at the latest, if the candidates are registered on 22 January 2019

Within 3 days after the registration of candidates

A candidate may decline to stand as a candidate by submitting an application.

1 February 2019 at the latest

On the 30th day before the election day at the latest

Foreign missions should have received applications to vote by post. The foreign mission sends the election documents to the voter at the first opportunity.

1 February 2019

On the 30th day before election day

The Ministry of the Interior prepares the polling lists. Any changes made to the residential address or place of sojourn after the 30th day before the election day are disregarded.

11 February 2019 at the latest

On the 20th day before the election day at the latest

The Ministry of the Interior sends voter cards to voters.

11 February 2019 at the latest

On the 20th day before the election day at the latest

Rural municipality or city councils appoint the chairmen and the members of the at least five-member district committees by a resolution. 

16 February 2019

On the 15th day before the election day

Voters who have not received their voter card by the 15th day before the election day or whose voter card contains errors may file an application with the rural municipality or city secretary.

16–21 February 2019

From the 15th to the 10th day before the election day

Voting is organised at foreign missions on at least two days.

21–24 February 2019

From the 10th to the 7th day before the election day

Advance voting takes place in county centres in polling places designated by the State Electoral Office. Voting opens at 12.00 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.;

21–27 February 2019

From the 10th to the 4th day before the election day

Electronic voting. Voting opens at 9 a.m. on 21 February and lasts on a 24-hour basis until 6 p.m. on 27 February.

25–27 February 2019

From the 6th to the 4th day before the election day

Advance voting is organised in all voting districts from 12 a.m. until 8 p.m. Voters can vote outside the voting district of their residence. Voting in the location of the voter, custodial institution, hospital, or twenty-four hour social welfare institution is organised from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

3 March 2019

Election Day

Voting takes place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voting at home is also organised.

At 6 p.m. at the earliest, the City of Tallinn vote counting committee starts counting the votes cast by voters residing permanently abroad. After 7 p.m., the State Electoral Office ascertains the results of electronic voting. The results are not disclosed before 8 p.m.

 

After the election day

The National Electoral Committee registers the elected and substitute members of the Riigikogu after the election day when the term for filing complaints and appeals with the National Electoral Committee and the Supreme Court has expired or when final resolutions have been adopted in respect of the complaints and appeals filed.

4 April 2019 at the latest

Within one month as of the election day

Political parties and independent candidates submit election campaign reports to the Political Parties Financing Surveillance Committee within one month as of the election day.