Exit poll: Prime Minister's party set to lead the way in Latvian election

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Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš is on course to lead a second administration after his party led the field in the 14th Saeima elections, according to an exit poll.

The exit poll, compiled for Latvian Television, Latvian Radio, the LETA newswire, and Rīga Stradiņš University predicts that eight political forces will pass the 5% barrier to enter the parliament.

According to the results of voter polls, the biggest vote should have been received by the Jaunā Vienotība (New Unity) party of Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, with 22.5% of the ballots. They are followed by a new political presence, the Apvienotais saraksts (United list) with 11.5% and the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) with 10.9%.

The Nacionālā Apvienība (National Alliance) should have entered parliament with 8.4% support, just ahead of the Progresīvie (Progressives) with 8.3%.

Also crossing the required threshold are Stabilitātei! (For stability!) with 5.4%, Latvija pirmajā vietā (Latvija in first place) with 5.3% and Attīstībai/Par! (For Development/For!) on 5.2%.

According to the exit poll, no other party makes it into parliament – but it must be stressed that this is an exit poll only and may prove to be accurate or inaccurate. Only time and the vote count will tell.

LETA newswire, Latvian Television, Latvian Radio, Rīga Stradiņš University, SKDS research center polling at 14th Saeima election voting stations.

Methodological support in conducting the survey was provided by the market and public opinion research center SKDS. In the survey at the polling stations, interviewers randomly asked almost 6,500 people who had already voted, which way they decided to vote. The interviewers were present at more than 70 stations in both cities and regions.

Official initial election data is expected around midnight. On Sunday morning, the preliminary results of the elections will be known in some precincts.

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