No major issues in voting process, say authorities

No significant problems have been experienced in the conduct of elections and in the work of the information technology (IT) systems needed for them, according to authorities, Latvian Radio reported on October 1.

There were concerns about provocations in cyberspace during the elections, deputy head of the IT security incident prevention institution “Cert.lv” Varis Teivāns said. According to him, “Cert.lv” will continue to monitor the technical side of the electoral process with the vote counting.

He also explained some of the problems of the electoral register system, which have been identified: “There have been three temporary breaks so far, which are little more than 10 minutes so the electoral process itself has not been disrupted.”

From a public order point of view, the election day has passed peacefully, said Ansis Pumpurs, deputy chief of the State Police Chief Order.

He pointed out: “Of course, with individual exceptions. There have been behavioral problems for people. One came drunk, another had a louder discussion, but nothing to be held accountable for."

During the pre-election period and by the afternoon of October 1, the State Security Service received more than 50 indications of potential offenses, including the unlawful influence of the choice of voters. Most of the indications received were within the competence of other institutions. Until now, the State Security Service has not commenced criminal proceedings regarding alleged illegal activities in the 14th Saeima elections.

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