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(1889) [MARC] Author: Leo Mechelin Translator: Charles J. Cooke
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THE DIET

63

Every town elects one representative for
each 6000 inhabitants. But a town having less
than 1500 inhabitants has the right of
combining with another town whose population is
less than 6000, in order to be represented.
The elections are direct in towns.

At the Diet of 1885 there were 54 members
for towns.*

(32) The Order of the Peasantry.—The rural
communes elect one representative for each
rural jurisdiction (domsaga), of which there are
at present sixty.

The right of voting belongs to every owner
of real estate paying the land tax, as also to all
tenants of Crown property.

Government officials, and those belonging to
any other order than that of the peasantry,
have no vote.

The elections are in two stages. The electors
of each rural commune choose an elector of the
second degree, or more than one if the popula-

* At the Diet of 1888, the towns were represented by 55
members, of whom eight were from Helsingfors, the capital.

—{Translator’s note.)

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