General election today
About 4.4 million Finnish voters will go to the polls today to elect 200 members of parliament.
Polling started at 9 a.m. and will go through to 8 p.m. Around 31% of voters took the opportunity to vote in a period of advance voting between 6th – 12th April.
The National Coalition Rally, currently the second largest party in parliament, was leading the opinion polls with 21% of the vote. The Centre Party, currently the largest party, was second on 19%.
The True Finns who took six seats and 4.1% of the vote in 2007 are standing on 15.4% of the vote. If this polling holds up in the result then the anti-EU bailout, nationalist party will be the major winner and may force themselves into a coalition government.
The rise of the True Finns has led to worldwide interest in these elections. Counting of the advance voting ballot will take place during the day and the result will be announced soon after polling closes at 8 p.m. Therefore we should know some preliminary figures late Sunday.