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Riga early elections already have 10.5% of votes

According to data compiled by Central Election Commission, in the two first days of election, 44,367 or 10.5% votes have been cast, Latvian Television reported August 27.

In the previous elections in 2017, the first two days had a voter activity rate of 7.9%.

On the first day of election, August 26, 4.82% votes were cast. The total registered number of people eligible to vote in  Riga is 422,681.

Riga City Council's extraordinary election date is August 29. It is still possible to vote earlier at polling stations:

  • August 28, 12:00-20:00.

Those unable to come to polling stations due to health issues can apply to vote at their place of residence. This must also be done by those in self-isolation. 

At polling stations, people are asked to comply with distancing, avoid crowding, and observe general safety measures. Face masks will be available and are recommended but not mandatory.

Voters are asked to go to their assigned voting district, as changing will take time.

15 political forces, who have submitted their lists of candidates, have applied for the Riga City Council's emergency elections.

In February this year, the Latvian Saeima voted to dismiss the Riga City Council. The extraordinary elections were originally planned for April but following the state of emergency the date was changed several times until it was set to August 29.

More information in English on the election procedure is available at the Central Election Commission website

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