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.
|Estonian parliamentary election, 2007|
101 seats in the Riigikogu
51 seats were needed for a majority
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.
|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|
The Estonian Centre Party (Estonian: Eesti Keskerakond) is a centrist, social-liberal, and populist political party in Estonia. It is one of the two largest political parties in Estonia and currently has 27 seats in the Estonian Parliament. The Party is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
The party was founded on 12 October 1991 from the basis of the Popular Front of Estonia after several parties split from it. At that time, the party was called People's Centre Party (Rahvakeskerakond) in order to differentiate from the smaller centre-right Rural Centre Party (Maa-Keskerakond).
The Centre Party chairman from 5 November 2016 is Jüri Ratas.The Centre Party has become by far the most popular party among Russians in Estonia, being supported by up to 75% of ethnic non-Estonians.List of elections in 2007
The following elections occurred in the year 2007.
Electoral calendar 2007
Elections in 2007
United Nations Security Council election, 2007Social Democratic Party (Estonia)
The Social Democratic Party (Estonian: Sotsiaaldemokraatlik Erakond, SDE) is a social-democratic political party in Estonia, currently led by Jevgeni Ossinovski.The party was formerly known as the Moderate People's Party (Estonian: Rahvaerakond Mõõdukad). The SDE has been a member of the Party of European Socialists since 16 May 2003 and a member of the Socialist International since November 1990. In spite of its nominal ideology, it has normally governed with the right-wing parties.The party has served as a junior coalition partner in the Ratas cabinet since 23 November 2016.