Watch: Latvians abroad vote in parliamentary election

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Latvians can vote in the 13th Saeima election, held on October 6, in a total of 121 locations outside Latvia in 45 countries. 

21 of the voting offices are located in the US, the UK has 19 and Germany has 9. Votes cast abroad are added to the Rīga voting district. 

While these countries have large diasporas, voting was not limited to people who live abroad, as Latvian soldiers on missions in Afghanistan and Mali saw first-hand.

More than 50 soldiers in Afghanistan cast their votes on October 5, despite being deployed in different locations across the country.

Election offices are already closed in Australia, which has a large Latvian diaspora as refugees fled there during and after the Second World War.

Latvians in Auckland, New Zealand were the first to vote on election day, while the rest of Latvia was sleeping. Some of the voters came from as far as Wellington, some 650 kilometers away.

There was a slight mishap at Auckland as there weren't enough ballots for the voters, but they were able to quickly print more. 

Meanwhile Kristofers Akenfelds -- whom we know to be a reader of LSM's English-language service -- went from Cambodia to Japan in order to cast his vote.

As concerns Asia, the Latvian embassy in Seoul also became a place for voting.

Many Latvians in the United Kingdom woke up to a day of atrocious weather, but it did not stop them from going to cast their vote. It is expected that voters will become more active at about midday. 

And some Latvians living in Turkey organized a group ride to Ankara from Istanbul just so they could vote -- what dedication! 


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