Latvia votes in European Parliament elections

May 25 sees Latvians turning out to vote in the European Parliament elections with 1,000 polling stations open from 07:00 until 20:00.

As polls opened on Saturday, turnout was already at 11% as many people chose the option of early voting during the three previous days. That figure is almost double the figure from the same period during the last European elections, raising hopes that this time around turnout would be appreciably higher than the 30% total from 2014, though whether it can reach the 53% turnout of 2009 will be interesting to see.

By 16:00, with four hours of voting still left, turnout had reached 27% and by close of polls turnout was reported to have slightly exceeded 33%.

The highest turnout was in Rīga, with 39%, while the lowest was in Latgale where just 23% of voters exercised their right to vote.

1,000 polling stations are open in total, including 44 overseas.

Technical glitches on the early voting days appear to have been ironed out with no problems reported Saturday. 

16 parties are contesting the election - two more than at the last European election - and eight mandates are on offer. If you would like to run the rule over who's standing, we have our preview feature still available.

However, there will be a wait of a day when the polls close as the results will  no be announced until the European Parliament elections are over in all European Union member states on Sunday May 26.

 

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