Early voting begins, as vandals target campaign posters

Police in Jyväskylä and Tampere are looking for vandals, as candidates report incidents in other parts of the country as well.

Still image from video showing graffiti on campaign poster / Credit: Hussein Al-Taee Instagram

Police in Jyväskylä and Tampere are asking the public for information about vandals who targeted election campaign posters in those cities.

Several locations in Jyväskylä were damaged, including Kirkkopuisto, Honkaharju and Suluntie, where racks of posters had been put up to advertise all the different candidates from each party – a Finnish tradition ahead of election day.

Meanwhile in Tampere, officers are investigating vandalism on campaign posters at five different locations.

In Uusimaa, Social Democrat candidate Hussein Al-Taee posted a video of a volunteer cleaning graffiti from one of his posters at a bus stop in the city. He wrote that there was also vandalism against his posters in Vantaa and Tammisaari.

“Name, face and number torn. Volunteers at night were cleaning them and putting in new replacements. Every polling day is important and therefore the number must be visible. No worries, we handle this to the finish line” the candidate writes on Twitter.

Advance voting begins today

Advance voting for the general election started at 09:00 this morning, at more than 900 locations around the country such as libraries and municipal buildings.

Voters can cast their ballots from 3rd to 9th April and need to show proof of identity like a passport, driving license or ID card at the advance polling station to cast a vote.

In the last election, more than 30% of people chose to vote in advance.

It’s also possible to vote abroad at Finnish embassies between 3rd and 6th April; and for the first time at this election there’s also postal voting available for people who live overseas but want to cast a ballot in Finland.

Read more about advance voting here.

Read more about postal voting here.