Counting of the Election Results

The election results are counted as in parliamentary elections, except that the d’Hondt method is not used. The votes of the candidates are counted, and the candidates are ranked in order of number of votes received. If the numbers are the same, the order is drawn by lot. After both elections the Electoral District Committee of Helsinki confirms the final number of votes received by the candidates in the entire country, and informs the Ministry of Justice of them.

If one of the candidates in the first election has received a majority of the votes, the Government declares that he/she has been elected President. But if this has not happened, Ministry of Justice declares that a second election between the two candidates who have received most votes will be held in two weeks. In the second election the Government establishes which candidate has received most votes and thus been elected President.