Initiative for transparent presidential election to be sent to Saeima

11,000 people have signed for making Latvia's presidential election transparent, reported LSM's Latvian-language service.

The initiative, supported by more than 11,000 people on the public initiative portal manabalss.lv, will be on June 2 sent to the parliament (Saeima) by Delna, an NGO affiliated with the global Transparency International organization.

The initiative attempts to change the parliamentary ballot for electing president of Latvia, currently the only vote with a secret ballot at the Saeima.

The Saeima rules of order allow a public initiative (e.g. law proposal) having at least 10,000 signatures to be sent to the Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee, which has the final say on whether an initiative is worth pursuing. 

Changing the presidential election system would require amending article 36 of Latvia's Constitution.

As reported, the initiative to make the parliamentary presidential election vote open was started in 2014 by one Jānis Veide.

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