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Collection of Signatures / Archive / About the voters initiated draft law Amendments to the Citizenship Law (2012_09)

 

About the voters' initiated draft law "Amendments to the Citizenship Law"

 

On 4 September 2012 the voters’ signed draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law” was submitted to the Central Election Commission. The draft law provides for establishing that from 1 January 2014 these non-citizens, which will not submit an application about the retention of the non-citizen’s status according to the procedure set by the Cabinet of Ministers till 30 November 2012, shall be deemed to be citizens of Latvia.

The Law on National Referendums, Legislative Initiatives and European Citizens’ Initiative grants for not less than 10,000 Latvian citizens the right to submit to the Central Election Commission a fully elaborated draft law. After that the 30-days Collection of signatures shall be held, which should give answer whether not less than one-tenth of the total number of voters support the submitting of the draft law to the parliament for consideration.

The verification of the draft law signatories approved the draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law” was signed by the necessary number of voters. There were signatures of 12,686 voters received for initiating of the draft law.

At the same time during the evaluation process the Central Election Commission raised doubts as to whether the draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law” was to be considered as a fully elaborated one as prescribed by Article 78 of the Constitution, and whether a collection of signatures on it shall be held.

To make a legally sound and well-reasoned decision, the Central Election Commission requested various institutions and legal experts for their conclusions on the draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law”. The Chancellery of the President, the Legal Bureau of the Saeima, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ombudsman of Latvia, the Public Law Department of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, the International and European Law Department of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, the Faculty of Law of the Riga Stradins University and the Riga Graduate School of Law, and the International Law expert Dr. Martins Paparinskis submitted their conclusion on the draft law. Petitioners of the draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law” also used the possibility to present their views on this issue.

The Central Election Commission at its meeting held on 1 November 2012 decided that the voters’ initiated draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law” could not be considered as a fully elaborated one and it should not be referred to he collection of signatures.

Please see the text of the draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law”, the decision and conclusions of the Central Election Commission, as well as opinions and views on the draft law below.

 

Draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law” (LV)

The decision and conclusions of the Central Election Commission of 1 November 2012 (LV)

Opinions on the draft law “Amendments to the Citizenship Law” (LV)

 

29.11.2012.