Rīga municipal elections postponed until September

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The government coalition has agreed to move upcoming snap municipal elections in Rīga to September 5, 2020, politicians told the press after the weekly coalition cooperation meeting on Monday.

Originally, the snap elections were scheduled for April 25, and election posters had already started appearing, but as the COVID-19 crisis broke out, the elections were rescheduled for June 6, without ruling out a possibility to move the election date closer to the fall, reported the LETA newswire.

For the Rīga elections to take place on June 6, the Central Election Commission would have to announce them already next week, but with the government expected to extend the state of emergency over the COVID-19 crisis by one month, it has been decided to postpone the municipal elections as well.

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said: "Considering the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 crisis, most probably, we will move the elections to the beginning of September."

Environmental Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Puce indicated that the plan is to move the elections to Saturday, September 5.

Saeima voted to dissolve Riga City Council at the beginning of this year, replacing the council with a temporary administration.


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