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Elections to the European Parliament 2019

The next elections to the European Parliament in Latvia will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2018. Latvia is a single constituency in these elections. Eight members of parliament shall be elected to the European Parliament from Latvia.

 

Voting rights

Citizens of Latvia and citizens of other European Union member states residing in Latvia and entered into the Register of Voters of Latvia have the right to elect the European Parliament. To participate in elections a voter on Election Day must be at least 18 years old.

 

Electoral Register

Previously prepared voters lists are used to register voters in elections to the European Parliament. Each voter will be registered for elections at a certain polling station where he/she can vote on Election Day. Initially voters are registered at a polling station in accordance with their declared place of residence, but they can change the polling station till the 18th day before Election Day.

Latvian citizens are automatically included in the Electoral Register, but citizens of other EU member states staying in Latvia and wishing to use their electoral right in Latvia must register with the Central Election Commission till the 30th day before Election Day.

 

Voting options

The Law on Elections to the European Parliament provides for various options how voters can participate in elections to the European Parliament. The options are as below:

- to vote at their polling station on Election Day from 7.00 to 20.00;

- to vote early on May 22, 23 or 24, when the polling stations will be open for several hours a day;

- to vote at the place of their location if voters are unable to come to the polling station for health reasons, voters are caregivers of ill persons or are imprisoned;

- to vote abroad by mail or at the polling stations abroad.

At the same time, citizens of Latvia eligible to vote and residing in any of the EU member states can elect the European Parliament by casting their vote for one of the candidate lists submitted in the respective country. In this case the voter will have to choose, candidates of which country he/she wants to elect, because it is not allowed to vote for both Latvian candidates and candidates from the country of residence.

To participate in the elections voters need to have an identity document - a passport or identity card.

 

Candidate Lists

Candidate lists for elections to the European Parliament can be submitted rom the eightieth to the sixty fifth day before Election Day. The submission of candidate lists for the 2019 elections will be held from the 6 March to 21 March. Candidates’ lists shall be submitted to and registered with the Central Election Commission.

Political parties and alliances of political parties registered in Latvia and consisted of at least 500 members may submit a list of candidates for the European Parliament election.

Citizens of Latvia, as well as citizens of other EU countries who are residing in Latvia have the right to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament in Latvia. All candidates on Election Day must reach the age of 21 years and they should not be subject to restrictions established by the Law on Elections to the European Parliament.

Each party or alliance of political parties intending to participate in elections to the European Parliament may include up to sixteen candidates to the list of candidates – twice as many as the number of members of parliament to be elected to the European Parliament from Latvia.

 

Election Administration

The European Parliament elections in Latvia are organised by election commissions of three levels – the Central Election Commission, 119 regional election commissions and about a thousand polling station election commissions.

The Electoral Register in Latvia is compiled and maintained by the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, which is the main institution responsible also for the compiling of voter lists for polling stations and the e-service for changing of the initially prescribed polling station.

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, the National Electronic Mass Media Council and during the elections – the State Police and the Municipal Police oversee the election campaign.

Elections to the European Parliament are funded by the state budget.

 

Legal acts

The order of elections to the European Parliament is determined by:

Council Directive 93/109 / EC (EN)

Law on Elections to the European Parliament (LV)

Electoral Register Law

Instructions of the Central Election Commission (LV)

 

Useful information

Website of the European Parliament Bureau in Latvia

www.soreizesbalsosu.eu