Estonian parliamentary election, 2015

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Estonian parliamentary election, 2015

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101 seats in the Riigikogu
51 seats are needed for a majority
Turnout 64.2%

  First party Second party Third party
  RE Taavi Rõivas.jpg Edgar Savisaar 2005-crop.jpg SDE Sven Mikser.jpg
Leader Taavi Rõivas Edgar Savisaar Sven Mikser
Party Reform Centre Social Democratic
Last election 33 seats, 28.6% 26 seats, 23.3% 19 seats, 17.1%
Seats won 30 27 15
Seat change Decrease3 Increase1 Decrease4
Popular vote 158,970 142,458 87,189
Percentage 27.7% 24.8% 15.2%
Swing 0.9% Decrease 1.5% Increase 1.9% Decrease

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  IRL Urmas Reinsalu.jpg IRL Andres Herkel.jpg Mart Helme.jpg
Leader Urmas Reinsalu Andres Herkel Mart Helme
Party Pro Patria and Res Publica Free Conservative People's
Last election 23 seats, 20.5% Did not stand no seats, 2.1%
Seats won 14 8 7
Seat change Decrease9 Increase8 Increase7
Popular vote 78,699 49,882 46,772
Percentage 13.7% 8.7% 8.1%
Swing 6.8% Decrease New party 6.0% Increase

Estonian Election 2015 Largest Party By Electoral Districts.png
Largest party by electoral district (Yellow-Reform) (Green-Centre)

Prime Minister before election

Taavi Rõivas
Reform

Elected Prime Minister

Taavi Rõivas
Reform

Parliamentary elections were held in Estonia on 1 March 2015. Advance voting was held between 19 and 25 February with a turnout of 33 percent,[1] the results were a victory for the ruling Reform Party.

Background[edit]

This was the first election since the resignation of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, who relinquished his position after holding the office for almost nine years. Following the resignation, a new coalition comprising the Estonian Reform Party and the Estonian Social Democrats were authorized to form a new government on 24 March 2014 with 34-year-old Taavi Rõivas as the new Prime Minister. This replaced the prior coalition of the Estonian Reform Party and the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union.[2]

Electoral system[edit]

The 101 members of the Riigikogu were elected by proportional representation in twelve multi-member constituencies, the seats were allocated using a modified D'Hondt method. Parties had to pass a nationwide threshold of 5%, but if the number of votes cast for an individual candidate exceeded or equalled the simple quota (obtained by dividing the number of valid votes cast in the electoral district by the number of mandates in the district), they were elected.

Seats by electoral district[edit]

# Electoral District Seats
1 Haabersti, Põhja-Tallinn and Kristiine districts in Tallinn 9
2 Kesklinn, Lasnamäe and Pirita districts in Tallinn 12
3 Mustamäe and Nõmme districts in Tallinn 8
4 Harju (without Tallinn) and Rapla counties 14
5 Hiiu, Lääne and Saare counties 6
6 Lääne-Viru county 5
7 Ida-Viru county 7
8 Järva and Viljandi counties 7
9 Jõgeva and Tartu counties (without city of Tartu) 8
10 City of Tartu 8
11 Võru, Valga and Põlva counties 9
12 Pärnu county 8

Opinion polls[edit]

Poll results are listed in the table below in reverse chronological order, showing the most recent first, the highest percentage figure in each poll is displayed in bold, and the background shaded in the leading party's color. In the instance that there is a tie, then no figure is shaded.

Date Polling Firm Ref Kesk IRL SDE Green EKRE EVA Others Lead
1 Mar 2015 Election Results 27.7 24.8 13.7 15.2 0.9 8.1 8.7 0.9 2.9
23–26 Feb 2015 TNS Emor 26 22 16 19 - 6 10 1 4
Feb 2015 Turu-uuringute AS 22 27 16 18 - 6 6 5 5
11–18 Feb 2015 TNS Emor 23 22 14 20 2 9 9 1 1
Jan 2015 Turu-uuringute AS 22 26 15 16 - 6 6 9 4
Jan 2015 TNS Emor 25 22 15 18 2 5 8 4 3
Dec 2014 Turu-uuringute AS 26 27 15 19 3 4 1 4 1
Dec 2014 TNS Emor 32 23 16 21 2 2 1 3 9
Nov 2014 TNS Emor 29 22 18 22 4 2 2 1 7
Oct 2014 TNS Emor 27 27 16 19 3 3 2 3 0
Sep 2014 TNS Emor 27 26 18 23 3 2 Did not exist 1 1
Aug 2014 TNS Emor 29 25 15 26 1 4 0 4
Jul 2014 TNS Emor 31 24 16 24 1 3 1 7
Jun 2014 TNS Emor 31 24 14 25 2 2 2 7
May 2014 TNS Emor 29 24 15 27 3 2 2 2
Apr 2014 TNS Emor 25 22 19 28 1 3 2 3
26 March 2014 Taavi Rõivas' cabinet is sworn in
Mar 2014 TNS Emor 24 27 16 26 2 2 3 1
Feb 2014 TNS Emor 21 27 19 26 2 2 3 1
Jan 2014 TNS Emor 24 25 22 23 2 2 2 1
Dec 2013 TNS Emor 19 32 20 23 3 2 1 9
Nov 2013 TNS Emor 18 29 22 23 2 3 3 7
Oct 2013 TNS Emor 22 29 20 20 1 4 4 7
Sep 2013 TNS Emor 21 29 18 23 4 3 2 6
Aug 2013 TNS Emor 20 26 14 25 5 4 6 1
Jul 2013 TNS Emor 24 28 14 26 3 2 3 2
Jun 2013 TNS Emor 24 28 14 26 2 3 3 2
May 2013 TNS Emor 24 26 15 26 2 3 4 0
Apr 2013 TNS Emor 25 24 13 27 3 3 5 2
Mar 2013 TNS Emor 25 26 15 27 3 1 3 1
Feb 2013 TNS Emor 23 26 17 26 4 2 2 0
Jan 2013 TNS Emor 20 28 16 27 5 2 2 1
Dec 2012 TNS Emor 22 24 18 28 3 1 4 4
Nov 2012 TNS Emor 26 23 17 25 3 1 5 1
Oct 2012 TNS Emor 32 25 13 22 4 1 3 7
Sep 2012 TNS Emor 33 24 11 24 4 0 4 9
Aug 2012 TNS Emor 39 20 13 20 3 1 4 19
Jul 2012 TNS Emor 34 22 15 25 2 1 4 1
Jun 2012 TNS Emor 31 23 14 24 4 0 4 7
May 2012 TNS Emor 30 19 17 29 3 0 2 1
Apr 2012 TNS Emor 27 25 13 29 3 0 3 2
Mar 2012 TNS Emor 29 23 12 30 2 3 1 1
Feb 2012 TNS Emor 28 26 14 22 5 4 1 2
Jan 2012 TNS Emor 30 27 13 19 4 3 4 3
Dec 2011 TNS Emor 33 22 16 22 4 2 1 11
Nov 2011 TNS Emor 31 23 16 24 4 2 1 7
Oct 2011 TNS Emor 32 20 16 23 4 2 3 9
Sep 2011 TNS Emor 31 24 16 22 4 2 1 7
Aug 2011 TNS Emor 29 21 18 24 3 3 2 5
Jul 2011 TNS Emor 31 21 15 24 3 2 4 7
Jun 2011 TNS Emor 33 22 13 21 5 2 4 7
May 2011 TNS Emor 33 20 17 22 4 1 3 11
Apr 2011 TNS Emor 31 22 19 19 5 1 3 9
6 Mar 2011 Election Results 28.6 23.3 20.5 17.1 3.8 2.1 4.6 5.3

Results[edit]

Riigikogu.svg
Party Votes % Seats +/–
Estonian Reform Party 158,970 27.7 30 –3
Estonian Centre Party 142,458 24.8 27 +1
Social Democratic Party 87,189 15.2 15 –4
Pro Patria and Res Publica Union 78,699 13.7 14 –9
Free Party 49,882 8.7 8 New
Conservative People's Party 46,772 8.1 7 +7
Estonian Greens 5,193 0.9 0 0
Party of People's Unity 2,289 0.4 0 New
Estonian Independence Party 1,047 0.2 0 0
Estonian United Left Party 764 0.1 0 New
Independents 887 0.2 0 0
Invalid/blank votes 3,760
Total 577,910 100 101 0
Registered voters/turnout 899,793 64.2
Source: VVK
Vote Share
REF
27.7%
Kesk
24.8%
S.D.E.
15.2%
IRL
13.7%
EVA
8.7%
EKRE
8.1%
Other
1.8%
Seat Share
REF
29.7%
Kesk
26.7%
S.D.E.
14.9%
IRL
13.9%
EVA
7.9%
EKRE
6.9%

Aftermath[edit]

The Reform Party started coalition talks with the Social Democrats, Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) and the Free Party,[3] after nearly three weeks of negotiations, the Free Party left the coalition talks due to disagreements with the Reform Party and the IRL.[4] The three remaining parties signed the coalition treaty on 8 April, and the cabinet took office on 9 April.[5]

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