The interesting matter to watch on election day is how well the Perussuomalaiset (PS)* will do and will it succeed in capturing undecided votes, which amount to about 40%, according to some predictions.
There is another matter that baffles some observers as well about the today’s election: Why does the PS continue to be the closet darling of the Finnish media even if the ballot box has shown different?
The top 10 anti-immigration and anti-cultural diversity MPs seeking reelection on Sunday are (top to bottom left to right): Timo Soini (PS), James Hirvisaari (Muutos 2011), Juho Eerola (PS), Teuvo Hakkarainen (PS), Pia Kauma (NCP), Päivi Räsänen (KD), Olli Immonen (PS), Maria Lohela (PS), Tom Packalén (PS) and Maria Tolppanen (PS). Don’t vote for these candidates because they are hazardous to migrants, minorities, Finns and Finland.
A good example of the latter is the latest opinion poll published this week by YLE, which showed the Center Party leading followed by the National Coalition Party, PS and Social Democratic Party.
In the latest poll the PS is predicted to win 16.7% of the vote even if the average votes it got in the last three elections after 2011 was 11.5%.
The media played a crucial role in turning the PS into the third-largest party in parliament four years ago and they are doing the same thing again. Apparently too many journalists from state-owned news companies like YLE see nothing wrong in the PS’ program, which excludes migrants, minorities and asks us to turn a blind eye to refugees in the name of petty provincialism.
True, the PS scored a historic victory in 2011 when it gained 19.1% of the vote (39 MPs) compared with 4.05% (5 MPs) in 2007. Even if the PS have fared well in opinion polls since 2011 their election results in the last three elections have lagged far behind what opinion polls predict.
In many respects the PS reminds me of the Green Party of the 1980s and early 1990s, when it did well in opinion polls but not on election day.
This may be the case of the PS today if the last three elections are any indication.
Today after 8pm will be wiser and know how Finland voted.
In the presidential election Timo Soini got 9.40% of the vote. The same happened in the municipal (12.3%) and EU elections (12.9%), a far cry from what it got in the 2011 election.
* The Finnish name for the Finns Party is the Perussuomalaiset (PS). The English names of the party adopted by the PS, like True Finns or Finns Party, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and xenophobia. We therefore prefer to use the Finnish name of the party on our postings.