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Watch: "It's important to vote" say Lappeenranta residents

Lappeenranta locals told Yle News that their main concerns ahead of the elections centred on immigration, safety, and improving the benefits system.

Yle News' voter pulse series found voters in the southeastern city of Lappeenranta who stressed the importance of exercising the right to vote in upcoming parliamentary elections.

"This is a great active right, to vote, and to choose where the policy-making of the country is going," Anna told Yle News.

Interviewees told Yle News that their main concerns ahead of the elections centred on immigration, safety, and improving the benefits system.

"The Kela programme for students and the unemployed, the social programme, should be further enhanced because I think it's a good approach but I think there are still good things to be made better in the future," Lisa said.

Sote not a failure but democracy at work

Sakari noted that the Juha Sipilä administration had done well to improve the employment rate, but pointed to planned social and health care reforms as a major failure.

On 8 March, Sipilä announced that his government was resigning over its failure to see through an ambitious social and health care reform programme (sote).

But Anna said that what looked like a failure was actually a demonstration of a working democracy.

"I think that even though this looks like a failure, I believe it also shows that this is an actual democracy and the parliament or prime minister is not just pushing his own agenda."

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