The central municipal election boards may begin counting advance votes and postal votes in a closed space on election day, 23 January, at 10.00 at the earliest. The aim is to have the results of advance voting ready by 20.00 in the evening of election day, when the polling stations close their doors. After this, the results of advance voting will be made public.
Once the polling stations close at 20.00 on election day, the election boards begin a preliminary count of the votes cast on election day. Preliminary election results will be known and published already in the evening of election day.
The preliminary results contain information about the number and percentage of votes received by each political party in the entire country and in each wellbeing services county, municipality and voting district, and they will be updated as the vote count progresses. Once all the votes cast in a voting district have been counted, the number of votes received by each candidate in that district will be published. The names of the elected county councillors will be published after the preliminary vote count is complete in each wellbeing services county.
The central municipal election boards will conduct a vote recount on the Monday following election day, and the county election boards will confirm the election results at their meetings to be held on Wednesday 26 January, starting at 18.00 at the latest.