Hopes of high turnout prove over-optimistic
Predictions that a very active election campaigning season would result in high voter turnout appear to have proven inaccurate, with turnout actually dropping to the lowest level since the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1991.
Latvian election results show shape of new Saeima
With nearly all the votes accounted for in Latvia's 13th Saeima elections, a clear picture of how the nation voted has emerged. The winner at the polls was the Harmony party on 19%, followed by a cluster of five other parties on 10%-14% with New Unity the only other party to scrape past the 5% threshold required to win seats in Saeima.
Exit poll: Seven-party Saeima in store for Latvia
The first exit poll released after voting ceased in the 13th Saeima elections on October 6 suggested the largest share of the vote went to the Harmony party (19.4%), with the For Development/For! alliance (13.4%) in second place, the National Alliance (12.6%) in third position and the New Conservative Party (12.4%) in fourth.
Thousands take chance to vote early
Nearly 8,000 people took the chance to vote in Latvia's Saeima elections on October 3, the first day of "early" voting at selected polling stations ahead of the main voting day on October 6.
10 questions to: the Greens and Farmers Union
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The sixteenth and final installment concerns the Greens and Farmers Union (ZZS) of incumbent Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis.
2018 Saeima elections: How the process works
October 6 is election day in Latvia. The country's democratic system is every bit as rigorous and complex as those in other countries with hundreds of polling stations opening across the globe, and this will be the 13th time a Saeima has been elected since the country won its independence exactly a century ago. But there are a few unusual and particularly Latvian variations on how 100 deputies are actually chosen for a four-year period. Here's how the whole thing works.
10 questions to: For an Alternative
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The fourteenth installment concerns the For an Alternative party.
10 questions to: Latvian Nationalists
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The twelfth installment concerns the Latvian Nationalists party.
10 questions to: LSDSP/KDS/GKL
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The seventh installment concerns the consonant-heavy LSDSP/KDS/GKL alliance.
10 questions to: the Progressives
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The fifth installment concerns the liberal-minded Progressives.
10 questions to: the National Alliance
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The fourth installment concerns the National Alliance, which is part of the current three-party coalition.
10 questions to: the Action Party
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. The third installment concerns the little-known Action Party.
10 questions to: Latvia's Russian Union
Ahead of October 6 parliamentary elections we bring you some question and answer sheets from each of the 16 competing parties, listed in the order in which they will appear on ballot papers. First up is Latvia's Russian Union.
Online campaign spending "impossible" to track, say journalists
With election campaigning in full swing ahead of Latvia's parliamentary elections on October 6, journalists from the Baltic Center for Investigative Journalism, Re:Baltica, say it has become impossible to keep track of who is spending what and consequently whether any election rules are being violated.
No Saeima election run for Ždanoka
The Administrative District Court has upheld the Central Election Commission’s decision to ban Tatjana Ždanoka, the leader of Latvia’s Russian Union, from running in the upcoming Saeima elections, the LETA newswire reported September 3.