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European Parliament election ads not spared from upcoming outdoor ad ban

January 06, 2019 / news ERR

Police in Estonia is of the opinion that when the ban on outdoor political advertising enters into effect on 23 January ahead of the 3 March Riigikogu elections, political parties may not use this time to begin publicly advertising their candidates for the European Parliament elections taking place in May. The elections taking place this spring are unique in that two major elections are taking place within a span of just over two and a half months. The active campaign period for the Riigikogu elections begins on 23 January, and with it comes a ban on outdoor political advertising. "We are of the opinion that outdoor political advertising for other elections also counts as outdoor political advertising," Siiri Pars, elections expert at the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) told ERR on Monday. "An exception is outdoor political advertising for the European Parliament elections for independent and party candidates who are not running in the Riigikogu elections."