At today’s remote-participation sitting, the Riigikogu rejected the draft Resolution on holding a referendum to ask the position of the citizens of the Republic of Estonia on whether the President of the Republic should be elected directly by the people in Estonia.
The Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Holding a Referendum on the Issue of Direct Election of the President of the Republic of Estonia” (290 OE) had been submitted by Member of the Riigikogu Kalle Grünthal.
During the discussion, the initiator of the draft Resolution set out arguments in favour of holding the referendum. The lead committee moved to reject the draft Resolution at the first reading. 62 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the motion and 19 were against.
In the debate, Peeter Ernits took the floor on behalf of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction.
Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)
The video recording of the sitting will be available on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.
(Please note that the recording will be uploaded with a delay.)