The Estonian Constitution has a narrowly defined date for its parliamentary election.
Constitution of Estonia:
Regular elections to the Riigikogu shall be held on the first Sunday in March of the fourth year following the preceding Riigikogu election year.
The wording creates a bit of confusion in the scenario when the Parliament (i.e. Riigikogu) is dissolved.
Specifically, if the Estonian Parliament is dissolved BEFORE the first Sunday of March in 2020, should the next election take place on the first Sunday of March in 2023 or 2024?
The issue here is that if the hypothetical election takes place in 2024 (as the Constitution seems to suggest), the election would essentially happen slightly after its 4-year term expired. This would create a short period of vacuum when the country has no legislature to oversee the government, which is obviously not ideal.
Are there any legal interpretations that clarify what is to be done in this situation?