Estonian parliamentary election, 2007
101 seats in the Riigikogu
51 seats were needed for a majority
Parliamentary elections were held in Estonia on 4 March 2007. It was the world's first nationwide vote where part of the voting was carried out in the form of remote electronic voting via the internet.
The election saw the Estonian Reform Party emerged as the largest faction in the Riigikogu with 31 seats. The Estonian Centre Party finished second with 29 seats, whilst the new Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica lost 16 seats compared to the 35 won by the two parties in the 2003 elections. The Social Democrats gained 4 seats, whilst the Greens entered the Riigikogu for the first time with 7 seats and the People's Union lost seven of its 13 seats.
The Centre Party, led by the mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar, had been increasingly excluded from collaboration, since his open collaboration with Putin's United Russia party, real estate scandals in Tallinn, and the Bronze Soldier controversy, considered as a deliberate attempt to split Estonian society by provoking the Russian minority.
Electronic voting in Estonia began in October 2005 local elections when Estonia became the first country to have legally binding general elections using the Internet as a means of casting the vote and was declared a success by the Estonian election officials.
Seats by electoral district
|District number||Electoral District||Seats|
|1||Haabersti, Põhja-Tallinn and Kristiine districts in Tallinn||8|
|2||Kesklinn, Lasnamäe and Pirita districts in Tallinn||11|
|3||Mustamäe and Nõmme districts in Tallinn||8|
|4||Harjumaa (without Tallinn) and Raplamaa counties||13|
|5||Hiiumaa, Läänemaa and Saaremaa counties||7|
|8||Järvamaa and Viljandimaa counties||8|
|9||Jõgevamaa and Tartumaa counties (without Tartu)||7|
|11||Võrumaa, Valgamaa and Põlvamaa counties||9|
|Estonian Reform Party||153,044||27.8||31||+12|
|Estonian Centre Party||143,518||26.1||29||+1|
|Pro Patria and Res Publica Union||98,347||17.9||19||–16|
|Social Democratic Party||58,363||10.6||10||+4|
|People's Union of Estonia||39,215||7.1||6||–7|
|Party of Estonian Christian Democrats||9,456||1.7||0||0|
|Estonian Independence Party||1,273||0.2||0||0|
|Russian Party in Estonia||1,084||0.2||0||0|
|Estonian Left Party||607||0.1||0||0|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver, IPU|
- Savisaar's and Kruuda's mutual gifts
- Lõhestaja number üks Archived 2007-10-06 at the Wayback Machine. Postimees
- Estonia to hold first national Internet election, News.com, February 21, 2007
- Estonia Scores World Web First In National Polls, InformationWeek February 28, 2007
- Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp585–588 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7