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Updated : 15/01/2018

Municipal elections – Estonia

Foreign EU citizens are automatically put on the electoral roll for municipal elections at the time of registration of residence in Estonia.

To vote in municipal elections you must:

  • be registered in the municipality;
  • be at least 16 years of age;
  • not be disqualified from voting, nor be serving a prison sentence.

Voting in municipal elections is not compulsory.

To be eligible to stand as a candidate you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • be entitled to vote;
  • as at 1 August of the year of the election, your permanent residence must be in the municipality or city in which you wish to run.

Those in active service in the Defence Forces or anyone who has been convicted of a criminal offence by a court and is serving a prison sentence may not stand as a candidate.

Citizens of the Republic of Estonia who possess full active legal capacity and knowledge of Estonian to the extent laid down in or on the basis of legislation may run for the position of mayor of a rural municipality or city.

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