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Estonia enters a "new phase in democracy"

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Estonia enters a "new phase in democracy"


Estonia is the first country in the EU to bring in on-line voting for the European Parliamentary elections.

Officials hope to increase turnout. Only 27 percent voted in the last European polls in 2004. “It gives you a lot more freedom. I don’t live in Tallin so it would be quite difficult for me to take part in the elections. But now I can do it from home, on the Internet,” said one man. But in spite of the prevalence and convenience of internet voting, some say they are still not ready for modern technology: “I still prefer to go to the polling station to get my voting card, see the people there and get my passport stamped. It is a nice thing to do,” said a woman. With a population of 1.4 million, Estonia is one of the EU’s smallest member states. This time around it will elect six MEPs. The country, like most others in the EU, is suffering due to the financial crisis. At 11.4 percent, Estonia’s jobless total is the highest it has been for eight years. Experts say this is also likely to influence voters.

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