Rene Kundla: Parties making themselves appear bigger than they are

The shortest list of the Social Democrats (SDE) is seven names long and made up of its candidates for the local council in Jõhvi in Ida-Viru County.

As far as political terms are concerned, I think we should agree to call something a list once there are enough names on it to make part of a coalition. This autumn, for example, this could be 11 names, as the most popular size for local councils across the country is 21 this fall - writes err.ee.

For the upcoming elections, 57 of the lists of the major parties are below this minimum—EKRE has fewer than 11 candidates on 19 of its lists, the Center Party and IRL on 13, the Reform Party on nine, and SDE on three.

The National Electoral Committee could reject all those lists that are below the limit, and accept them once they come back with more candidates on them.

Up to a point, the wish of the parties to appear bigger than they are is understandable, but the comparison that suggests itself here is that of the men’s room, where at the urinal you sometimes find a sign saying “Step closer, it’s not as big as you think it is”.

Though I admit that it would be much more interesting to hear why IRL doesn’t have a single list anywhere in Lääne and Põlva County, and why EKRE isn’t going for it in Ida-Viru County.

Rene Kundla is ERR’s correspondent for Northeastern Estonia.

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