Election results: little change

Results of local elections released early on June 4 showed that in general the municipal landcsape will remain unchanged for the next four years.

Are you ready to vote in Latvia's local elections?

While June 3 is designated polling day for local elections across Latvia, early voting commences on the evening of May 31. If you are an EU citizen and have been registered in the official population register for at least 90 days, you are entitled to vote too.

Blogger probes covert campaign praising Ventspils mayor

Another bombshell investigation by IT enthusiast blogger Jānis Polis looks into several self-styled news websites linked to Alberts Jodis, an advertising industry figure in Latvia. Many of Jodis' websites, which include a website laying a claim to being a news agency, have one thing in common - they vocally support long-standing Ventspils mayor Aivars Lembergs, often referred to as a leading 'oligarch', ahead of the municipal elections on June 3.

Local election lists are in

The battle lines for nationwide local elections to be held in across Latvia on June 3 can now be drawn after the deadline for the submission of candidates passed on April 24.

Celebs join bid for Riga municipal elections

The opposition party Regional Alliance (LRA) and the liberal Latvian Development (LA) party have put Saeima member Mārtiņš Bondars (LRA) forth as their joint Riga mayor candidate in the upcoming 2017 municipal elections. He was joined by a couple of local celebrities, reported Latvian Radio on February 16.

Coalition party faces fine over election violations

The Unity (Vienotiba) political party, one of three int he current ruling coalition, will have to pay a €4,000 fine issued by the Corruption Combating and Prevention Bureau for election spending violations, however, the party will not lose state funding.