Today: Thursday, 29 February 2024 year

Voting has begun in Finland for the presidential election.

Voting has begun in Finland for the presidential election.

Voting in the first round of presidential elections has begun in Finland.

As previously reported by the Ministry of Justice, polling stations are open from 9.00 to 20.00.

In total, 4.2 million citizens have the right to vote. 44.7% of voters, or 1.9 million people, have already voted early.

The counting of votes will begin after the polling stations close at 20.00. The second round of elections will take place on February 11 if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

The Ministry of Justice announces the official results of the first round no later than January 30, the results of the second round must be presented no later than February 14.

There are nine candidates in the election, but the main fight is between former Prime Minister Alexander Stubb and former Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. According to the latest survey by public broadcaster Yle, 27% of voters are ready to vote for Stubb, and 23% for Haavisto. They were closely approached by the Speaker of Parliament, candidate from the right-wing True Finns party, Jussi Halla-aho, with 18% support.

The President of Finland is elected for a term of 6 years. The powers of the current President Sauli Niinistö expire in February, he served for the maximum possible two terms in a row.