Depending on the type of elections, the registration of candidates begins from three months until 60 days before the election day and ends on the forty-fifth day (fortieth day at council elections) prior to the elections. The registration documents are submitted by the authorised representative of the political party, citizens’ election coalition or independent candidate, or personally by the independent candidate.
The electoral committee reviews the candidate documents and registers the candidates proposed for registration. If there are errors in the registration documents of a candidate which have not been corrected by the time of registration, the candidate will not be registered. If the candidate list contains errors, the whole list is left unregistered.
At the Riigikogu and local government council elections, a personal registration number is given to every candidate upon registration. Registration numbers start at 101. Candidate numbers are divided between political parties and individual candidates by luck of draw.