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Eligibility and Nomination of Candidates

Eligible as candidates are persons
1) whose municipality of residence is the municipality in question,
2) who are entitled to vote in municipal elections in some municipality, and
3) who are not legally incompetent.

Candidates may be nominated
1) by parties entered in the party register and
2) by constituency associations established by people entitled to vote.

Each party may nominate a number of candidates equalling the number of councillors to be elected multiplied by one and a half. Parties may form electoral alliances, but the number of candidates nominated by an alliance may not exceed the maximum number of candidates for a single party.

A constituency association for the nomination of one candidate may be established by at least ten people who are entitled to vote in the municipality. In some small municipalities determined by the Ministry of Justice a constituency association may, however, be established by at least three persons entitled to vote. Constituency associations may form joint lists with a maximum number of candidates equalling the number of councillors to be elected multiplied by one and a half.

Candidate application

A party or constituency association has to submit its list of candidates (candidate application) to the central election committee of the municipality not later than 40 days before election day at 4 p.m.. The same deadline applies to notices of electoral alliances and joint lists. At the latest on the 48 th day prior to the polling day, the central election committee of the municipality gives out an announcement of the instructions to whom, on what date and at what time and where the candidate applications and other documents relating to the nomination of candidates intended for the authority shall be submitted.

Compilation of the combined list of candidates

The central election committee controls the lists of candidates, especially whether the candidates are eligible, and confirms the nomination of candidates 31 days before election day. The committee compiles a combined list of candidates in which the candidates of all parties, constituency associations and joint lists are enumerated in an order drawn by lot. The combined list contains the following information on the candidates: number (beginning with number 2), name and title, profession or position. The combined list of candidates is displayed i.a. in the polling booths.

 
Published 14.3.2017