Polls tighten on last day of election advance voting

More than a million eligible voters have already cast their ballots ahead of Sunday's general election.

File picture of election posters in Helsinki / Credit: News Now Finland

Today is the last day of advance voting before Sunday’s general election, and the latest polls show the race to be the leading party is tightening.

Hundreds of polling places are open across the country in municipal buildings or libraries and while voters need an ID card or passport with them, they don’t have to neccesarily vote in the same place they live.

According to the official numbers by 10:00 this morning, some 28.6% of eligible voters have cast their votes in advance: the highest early turn-out is in Lapland with 34.8% and the lowest turnout so far in Åland at 11.7%.

In other parts of the country by 10:00 on Tuesday morning 26.8% of voters cast their ballots early in Helsinki; 32.5% in Turku and the south west; 31.6% in Tampere and Pirkanmaa; and 29.3% in Jyväskylä and Central Finland.

New poll narrows lead for political frontrunners 

A new poll this morning in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper shows the race to be the biggest party in this election is getting tighter and that perhaps no party will secure more than 20% of the vote for the first time in Finnish history.

The Social Democrats dropped 1.5% since the last Helsingin Sanomat poll at the end of March, down to 19.5%; while support of the National Coalition Party dropped 0.6% to 17.5%.

Meanwhile the Finns Party has climbed to third place with 15% support while Prime Minister Juha Sipilä‘s Centre Party have fallen to 4th place with 14.4% support in the new Helsingin Sanomat poll.

The bubble could have burst for the Greens, down 2 percentage points to 12%; while the Left Alliance has risen to 9.6% in the new poll.

The poll was carried out by Kantar TNS, and asked 2000 people between 3rd and 7th April. However, the results are not directly comparable to the previous Helsingin Sanomat poll, as it was carried out over a shorter period of time. For the largest parties, the margin of error is about 2.3%.