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Riga elections already have 5% of votes

Wednesday, August 26, was the first day of early voting in the Riga City Council emergency elections. According to the Central Election Commission, 20,383 or 4,82% of votes have already been cast.

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

  • August 27, 9:00-16:00;
  • 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.

The previous municipal elections in Riga in 2017 had  a voting rate of 58,72%. On the first day then, 4.71% votes were cast on the first day.

The highest vote rate in  Riga was in 2001, with 60,85%, and the lowest in 1997, with 49,58%.

Chart: CVK

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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