Local government election process officially begins

The battle for seats in local elections due to take place across Latvia on June 3 began February 3 with an official announcement by the Central Electoral Commission (CVK)

European Union citizens are eligible to vote as well as Latvian citizens, provided they have been officially registered as resident for at least 90 days prior to the election.

On June 3 elections for the city councils and municipality councils will take place in 9 cities and 110 municipalities across Latvia.

In total 1,614 seats will be up for grabs, 60 of which will be in the capital, Riga.

Candidate lists for local elections need to be submitted between April 14 and April 24, 2017. Candidate lists have to be submitted to the respective city or municipality election commission and they have to be prepared by using the official software provided by the Central Election Commission.

Though each seat is important, a lot of attention invariably focuses on the battle for Riga, particularly whether anyone can unseat incumbent Riga City Mayor Nils Usakovs.

You can read more about the election process at the CVK website (certain sections are also provided in English).

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