By Sunday evening, about 16.3 per cent of those entitled to vote had voted in the Finnish provincial elections, with advance voting time open until Tuesday.
This equates to approximately 640,500 votes in Finland’s historic, council vote for the first time.
The residents of Etelä-Savo used the most in advance voting, as one in five regions had already chosen the candidate they wanted.
Voters will elect representatives to the new county councils, which will be responsible for social, health and emergency services from the beginning of 2023.
Helsinki residents will not vote in these elections, as the city will continue to organize and provide social, health and emergency services in the Helsinki metropolitan area without forming a special welfare service district.
A poll released last month showed that turnout in the election could be difficult to reach 40 percent.
There are more than 10,000 candidates in the regional elections.
The actual election day is Sunday, January 23, and foreigners have the right to vote in Finland.
Advance voting was open from 12 to 18. January in Finland.
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Source: The Nordic Page