Local election lists are in

The battle lines for nationwide local elections to be held in across Latvia on June 3 can now be drawn after the deadline for the submission of candidates passed on April 24.

According to the Central Electoral Commission (CVK), there will be 8,866 candidates in all, of which 61% are male and 38.9% female -- which raises the intriguing question of what the remaining 0.1% is.

The average age of candidates is 45 years with the youngest candidate 18 and the oldest 88.

Though 99.9% of candidates declare themselves to be Latvian citizens, there are also 8 Americans, 5 Canadians, 7 Lithuanians, 4 Germans and one Finn standing for election.

As is to be expected, Riga fields the greatest number of candidates with 713 hopefuls. In contrast Lubāna, Rundāle and Vaiņode municipalities will have just 11 candidates each.

You can read official information in English about the local elections HERE

According to the SKDS polling agency, the Harmony party of incumbent Riga mayor Nils USakovs remains the most popular over all, followed by the Greens and Farmers Union, the National Alliance, Latvia's Regional Alliance and Unity.

If parliamentary elections were held tomorrow, 6 parties would claim seats, the figures suggested. However, Saeima elections are not scheduled until October 2018.

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