Advance voting of Finnish general election begins

17:07, April 06, 2011      

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The week-long advance voting of Finland's general election began on Wednesday, with 901 different advance polling stations opened for Finnish voters at home and abroad.

The advance voting will last until April 12. Voting for the Finnish citizens living abroad will be held from April 6 to 9. Advance polling stations have been set up in the Finnish embassies or the offices of Finnish representatives.

According to the latest Gallup-poll results released on Tuesday, the Finnish National Coalition Party and the Center Party, which are the largest two ruling parties at present, have won most support from Finns. The conservative National Coalition Party is running at 19.9 percent, leading the Center Party by 0.1 percentage points.

The Social Democratic Party, which is the largest opposition party at present, has ranked the third with 18.1 percent support. The support for True Finns, which has seen a strong growth of popularity among Finnish voters over the recent months, registered 16.2 percent in the fourth place.

The formal general election of Finland will take place on April 17.

Source: Xinhua
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