Rīga City Council elections will take place April 25

The Central Election Commission (CVK) confirmed February 25 that extraordinary Rīga City Council elections will take place on Saturday April 25, as widely expected.

The same voting conditions as in the 2017 elections will apply. On election day, the polls will be open from 07:00 until 22:00, and for three days before that, early voting will be available at selected polling stations:

  • on Wednesday, April 22 from 17:00 - 20:00
  • on Thursday, April 23 from 09:00 - 12:00
  • on Friday, April 24 from 10:00 - 16:00

It is worth noting that European Union citizens are also entitled to participate in the elections. Citizens of Latvia and other member states of the European Union (EU) from the age of 18 who have their registered place of residence in the administrative territory of Rīga 90 days before the election day - 26 January this year, or who own real estate in the administrative territory of Riga, are entitled to vote .

Acceptable voting documents in the Riga City Council elections will be a valid passport or identity card (eID). Voting will not be stamped on the passport and voter lists will be used to ensure the "one voter one vote" principle. Consequently, each voter will have to vote in his or her constituency.

The electoral rolls will be drawn up by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) in cooperation with the Central Election Commission and Riga Municipality. Initially, each citizen of Riga with the right to vote will be included on the electoral roll of the constituency where he / she is registered. Not later than March 26, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs will send voters by post to the address of their declared place of residence in Riga information on which constituency is on the list of voters. From March 26, you will also be able to find out about your district by calling the CVK or by contacting the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

If the polling station initially assigned is not convenient for voting, it will be possible to change it from 26 March to 11 April for any other polling station in Riga. Likewise, voters who do not have a declared place of residence in Riga but own real estate will be able to register to vote in Riga City Council elections. You can change the polling station or register for voting in Riga at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs e-service or at any of the City of Riga declaration offices. Voters who, due to their medical condition, will not be able to vote in the polling station will be able to apply for a vote at home.

The lists of candidates for the Riga City Council extraordinary elections will be available from March 20 to 26.

The voting age is 18.

Coincidentally, April 25 is also the day of the "Lielā Talka" or "'Big Clean-up" when people gather up and throw away the accumulated trash of the winter and generally put things in order - a fact that is likely to be mentioned by more than one political party.

 

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