Estonia’s Conservative People’s Party has come second in national elections held on March 5. The victorious centre-right Reform Party is staunchly pro-Ukraine, and its win has allayed fears that the Baltic country would institute a pro-Russian policy in an area of great strategic importance to NATO.
While EKRE’s leader Martin Helme has claimed that the election results were ‘stolen’, further details are scant. The elections themselves have been claimed to be the ‘world’s first mostly online national elections’, with 51% of the vote cast online.
Curiously, the EKRE Party polled 1,000 votes more than the victorious Reform Party, an outcome permitted under an electoral system in which the most votes do not guarantee entry into office.
Anti Allas, SDE (Social Democrat Left) and Mayor of Võru, where Rain Epler is a councillor, will also continue to represent the Võru , Valga and Põlva counties  at the Riigikogu or Estonian parliament.