Posts tagged as elections

Lithuania to spend extra €3.9m on ‘safe’ elections

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Lithuanian cabinet has decided to allocate additional 3.9 million euros for next month’s parliamentary election. The Central Electoral Commission said it needed the extra funding to ensure safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. It is extending the early voting period and opening more polling stations, which will require hiring more members of electoral commissions. On Wednesday, the Cabinet was scheduled to discuss proposals to allocate a total of 200 million…

Riga government is getting younger

Monday, August 31, 2020

In Riga City Council there is a generational change, said politologist Ojārs Skudra in an interview with Latvian Television August 31. When asked what had been surprising regarding  Riga City Council’s extraordinary elections last weekend  , Skudra acknowledged that a slight surprise had been the very persuasive victory of the Development/For!/Progressives party. “Speaking of the newly elected and new factions, I would like to note that, in fact, there has…

Riga elections already have 5% of votes

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Wednesday, August 26, was the first day of early voting in the Riga City Council emergency elections. According to the Central Election Commission, 20,383 or 4,82% of votes have already been cast. Riga City Council’s extraordinary election date is August 29. It is still possible to vote earlier at polling stations: Those unable to come to polling stations due to health issues can apply to vote at their place of residence.…

Riga voters have not yet decided who they will vote for

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Over one-third of voters in Riga, or 35.1 percent, have not yet decided who they will vote for in Saturday’s emergency Riga City Council elections, according to a Latvijas Fakti political survey. According to the survey, 8.2 percent of respondents said that they would support Harmony in the snap Riga elections, 8.1 percent – For Development/Progressives, 5.4 percent – Latvian Union of Russians, 4.7 percent – New Unity, 4.5 percent…

Political parties talk greener Riga

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A green city includes the state and quality of parks, greenery, pollution control, nature entertainment sites, air quality, and other aspects. Ahead of the extraordinary Riga City elections, political parties mention city environment in their programs, Latvian Television said August 11. 12 of the 15 candidate parties have included environment improvement in their programs. Harmony, which has been heading the government for more than 10 years, has promised more active…

Voting for Riga elections possible only on-site

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Voters will only be able to participate in Riga extraordinary elections on-site in Riga, Central Elections Commission (CVK) spokeswoman Laura Zaharova told Latvian Radio July 30. One of the most common questions CVK has received regarding the elections has been whether persons who are not declared in Riga may participate in the upcoming Riga City Council elections. “From today, July 30, to August 15, the voting precinct can be changed. Those…

‘Race between prime ministers’. Polls give lead to Lithuania’s ruling party

Monday, July 27, 2020

Lithuania’s main ruling and opposition parties have both increased their lead in opinion polls and are neck and neck ahead of October’s general elections. Almost a third of voters, however, are undecided or plan not to vote at all, a survey shows. The latest poll by Lietuvos Rytas/Vilmorus, published on Saturday, show the governing Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) and the opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD, the conservatives) in…

15 parties to run fin Rīga elections

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

On Monday, July 20, the announcement of the lists of candidates for the emergency elections of Rīga City Council was completed. In total, 15 political forces will participate in the elections, Latvian Radio reported July 20. Such a high number of parties contesting the ballot was last seen 10 years ago. “Most are known parties, but there are some who have not been heard of in elections on a regular basis and…

Rīga municipal elections will now take place August 29

Friday, April 10, 2020

The extraordinary Riga City Council election will be postponed until August 29, and not September 5 as previously indicated, reported the LETA newswire Aoril 9. Saeima will have to take the final decision on the matter, however. This is not the first time the government has moved the election date to a later time. The election, originally scheduled for April 25, was first put off until June 6. The latest amendments submitted…

Latvia joins international condemnation of Abkhazia elections

Monday, March 23, 2020

Latvia lined up with a longlist of other states March 23 to condemn elections held in the occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia as illegitimate. “Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America do not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called “presidential elections” held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region on March 22, 2020,” said a statement from the Ministry…