Most party leaders agreed to postpone the elections because of a worsening coronavirus pandemic.

Election posters in Helsinki. Archive photograph: Tony Öhberg/Finland Today

Municipal elections will be moved from April 18 to June 13 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Eight parties of nine support moving the municipal elections to June because of a worsening coronavirus situation,” Anna-Maja Henriksson (SPP), minister of justice, said on Twitter on Saturday afternoon.

The parties gathered on Saturday to consider postponing the elections.

The new date is supported by the Green League, the National Coalition Party, the Swedish People’s Party, the Social Democrats, the Christian Democrats, the Centre Party, and the Left Alliance.

The only party that objected to the postponing was the Finns Party.

“The Finns Party doesn’t see reasons why the municipal elections could not be held on time. In many countries elections have been organized in a much worse corona situation,” Simo Grönroos, party secretary of the Finns Party.

Municipal elections in Finland

Municipal elections are held to elect the councillors of the municipalities. At the beginning of 2021 there were altogether 293 municipalities in continental Finland and 16 in the Province of Åland.

Municipal elections are held every four years.

Source: vaalit.fi