Latvian president announces amendments for open state president’s election

Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis has announced amendments to the State President Election Law to allow for transparent election of the president.

The law will come to force 1 January 2019.

The Saeima had approved amendments to the Constitution in the second reading in October, stating that the parliament is to elect the state president through open elections.

Amendments allow for abolishing the regulation regarding state president’s election through a closed vote. This will help prevent a conflict with the Constitution.

Similarly to before, election of the state president will be organized using election ballots. Each deputy’s vote will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting during which voting took place.

When viewing the president’s approved amendments, deputies rejected the proposal from Gunārs Kūtris (UGF) that proposed permitting people declaring themselves state president candidates, as well as establishing the requirement for candidates to have lived in Latvia for at least three years prior to becoming a state president candidate.

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