Varakļāni and Rēzekne municipalities vote in local elections

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Last week, Varakļāni and Rēzekne municipalities held local elections. The turnout in Varakļāni was the highest this year in the whole country, according to LETA's information published September 12.

In the final stages of the municipal reform and right before local elections were held at the beginning of June 2021, the Constitutional Court acknowledged the addition of Varakļāni municipality to Rēzekne municipality as anti-constitutional. Currently, as a result, Varakļāni is a separate municipality. Due to this delay, the local elections in Varakļāni and Rēzekne took place later than the other 40 municipalities, September 11.

In Rēzekne municipality, 6,465 residents or 25.92% of voters participated. In Varakļāni, the figure was 1,512 or 59.43%, which is the highest proportion among all municipalities in this year's election when, as reported, the activity was historically the lowest.

In both municipalities, the former leaders got the upper hand. In Varakļāni the majority was received by For Latvia's Development party headed by current head of municipality Māris Justs, whereas in Rēzekne, current chair Monvīds Švarcs won, representing the joint party list of New Unity, For!, and Latgale party.

According to the Central Election Commission (CVK) the elections went smoothly in both municipalities.

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