Estonia European Parliament election, 2009
European Parliament election of 2009 in Estonia was the election of the delegation from Estonia to the European Parliament in 2009.
The election day was 7 June 2009. Turnout was 43.9% – about 17.1% higher than during the
previous election five years before. The turnout was also slightly above the European average of 42.94%.
Six seats were up for taking in this election: two of them were won by the
Estonian Centre Party. Estonian Reform Party, Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica, Social Democratic Party and an independent candidate Indrek Tarand all won one seat each.
The election result was remarkable in that the independent candidate Indrek Tarand gathered the support of 102,460 voters, only 1,046 votes less than the winner of the election, Estonian Centre Party, surpassing the results of all other major and minor parties.
Another independent candidate, eurosceptical
Martin Helme, surprised also in gaining 9,832 votes and thus surpassing one parliament party - People's Union of Estonia - and gaining only 1,019 less than the next best on the list, Estonian Greens.
The election was conducted using the
D'Hondt method with closed lists. The success of independent candidates in this election has been attributed both to general disillusionment with major parties and use of closed lists which rendered voters incapable to cast a vote for specific candidates in party lists.
Results [ edit ]
Summary of the results of Estonia's 7 June 2009 election to the European Parliament
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Centre Party (KESK)
Indrek Tarand (TARAND) None
Indrek Tarand 102,460
Reform Party (RE)
Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL)
Social Democratic Party (SDE)
Martin Helme (HELME) None
Martin Helme 9,832
People's Union (RL)
Dimitri Klenski (KLENSKI) None
Dimitri Klenski 7,137
(parties or candidates that won less than 1% of the vote) 10,459
Blank and invalid votes
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout
Elected Members of the European Parliament [ edit ]
Edgar Savisaar renounced his mandate, leaving his seat to the third candidate in the party's list – his wife
Vilja Savisaar. She was confirmed as a Member of the European Parliament on 7 July 2009.
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