Extraordinary Elections to the Riga City Council (2020)

On 13 February 2020 the Saeima adopted the Law on Dissolution of the Riga City Council, which entered into force on 25 February after promulgation by the President of Latvia. On 16 April this year the Saeima adopted amendments to the Law on Dissolution of the Riga City Council, postponing the elections to 29 August, taking into account a state of emergency declared until 14 April and the security measures introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Election Day

The Riga City Council elections will take place on 29 August 2020. The Central Election Commission should announce these elections on 7 july.

Polling station opening hours

Polling stations will be open from 7.00 to 22.00 on the day of elections, 29 August.

Early Voting

Early voting days will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before Election Day. Polling stations will be open these days:

    • on Wednesday, 26 August, from 17.00 to 20.00;
    • on Thursday, 27 August, from 9.00 to 12.00;
    • on Friday, 28 August, from 10.00 to 16.00.

Voting document

The voting document in the Riga City Council elections will be a valid passport or identity card (eID).

The right to vote

The right to participate in the Riga City Council elections have citizens of Latvia and other member states of the European Union (EU), who have reached the age of 18 and

  1. who have registered place of residence in the administrative territory of Riga 90 days before the Election Day (by 31 May 2020), or
  2. who own real estate in the administrative territory of Riga.

! All voters should be registered in the Voters’ Register.

Where to vote

In municipal elections voters should vote at their assigned polling station. It will be not possible to vote at another station.

If the initially assigned polling place is not convenient for a voter, from 30 July to 15 August it is allowed to change it to any other polling station.

To change the initially assigned polling station is possible either through the e-service for the change of polling station maintained by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, or by submitting an application in person at any authority for residence declaration of the Riga City.

Information on the assigned polling place

By 30 July the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs will send to voters by post to his or her residential address the information regarding the assigned polling station, i.e. in the voters’ list of which polling station the voter has been included.

From 30 July voters will also be able to receive information on their polling station by calling hotline or on the Internet.

If a voter has no registered place of residence in the administrative territory of Riga, but owns real estate

If the voter wants to take the opportunity to vote in Riga because he/she owns real estate in Riga, from 30 July to 15 August, he/she needs to register for voting in the Riga City Council's emergency elections.

In this case, it will be possible to register for voting through the e-service for the change of polling station maintained by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, or by submitting an application in person at any authority for residence declaration of the Riga City.

If a voter cannot get to the polling stations for health reasons

Voters, who will not be able to attend the polling station due to health reasons, from 1 June up to the election day can apply for voting at their place of residence.

This option can be used, if the voter is present in the area of his/her polling station on the election day. If it is known previously that the voter will be present in the territory of another polling station on the election day, he/she has to apply for change of polling station from 30 July to 15 August.

Application for a position in the polling station commission

The registration of candidates for the members of the Riga’s polling station commissions for the Riga City Council extraordinary elections will be organised by the Riga City Election Commission after the elections will be announced by the Central Election Commission on 7 July.

Application of a candidate for a member of the polling station commission   Pdf    

Submission of candidate lists

Candidate lists for the extraordinary elections to the Riga City Council may be submitted from 14 to 20 July.

The lists of candidates have to be submitted to the Riga City Election Commission.

The candidate lists for the elections to the Riga City Council may be submitted by:

  1. a registered political party,
  2. a registered association of registered political parties,
  3. two or more registered political parties that have not formed a registered association of political parties.

The right to stand as a candidate at elections to the Riga City Council has persons, who

  1. have reached at least 18 years of age on the day of the election,
  2. is registered in the Voters’ Register,
  3. which is not subject to any of the restrictions referred to in Section 9 of the City Council and Municipality Council Election Law,
  4. fulfils at least one of the following conditions on the date of submission of the list of candidates:
  1. the candidate has a registered place of residence in the administrative territory of the respective local government for at least the recent 10 months;
  2. the candidate has been working in the administrative territory of the respective local government (as an employee or as a self-employed person according to the Law On National Social Insurance) for at least the recent 4 months;
  3. the candidate owns real estate in the territory of the respective local government according to the procedure set out by law.