The next elections to the Parliament of the Republic of Latvia (the Saeima) will be held on 4 October 2014. These will be the 12th Saeima elections. The Saeima elections are held in five constituencies, and 100 members of the parliament are to be elected.
All citizens of Latvia who enjoy full rights of citizenship and who on election day have attained 18 years of age are entitled to vote.
The Electoral Register is not used for registration of voters in the Saeima elections. Voters are registered in a polling station by making a mark in their passports.
However, taking into account that the electronic identity card (eID) currently is the only personal identity document of approximately 24 000 Latvian citizens, on 14 July 2014, the Saeima supported amendments to the Saeima Election Law which stipulate that the personalized voter card has to be issued to these voters before the 12th Saeima elections.
Thus, voters who have only electronic identity cards (eID) are invited to apply for a Latvian citizen’s passport on a timely basis or receive the voter card between 22 September and 3 October. It will be possible to receive the voter card for free in that territorial section of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs where the electronic identity card of the voter was issued.
On election day, polling stations will be open between 7 am and 8 pm. Voters can vote at any nearby polling station in Latvia or abroad.
Voters who will not have a chance to cast their votes on the election day, will have a possibility to submit ballots for safe-keeping three days prior elections – on 1, 2 and 3 October. A list of polling stations which will accept ballots for safe-keeping will be available after 5 August.
Polling stations where ballots may be submitted for safe-keeping will be set up in cities and municipalities with at least 7500 eligible voters. In total, there will be 61 such polling station. The working hours of these polling stations will be as follows: on Wednesday, 1 October – from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; on Thursday, 2 October – from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; on Friday, 3 October - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Overseas voters can participate in the Saeima elections by voting on election day at one of the polling stations established abroad or by mail. Voters must apply to vote by mail in advance – between 3 May and12 September. Read more >>
Voters unable to come to the polling station for health reasons, caregivers of these voters and caregivers of ill persons may apply for off-site voting. Requests for off-site voting may be submitted between 29 September and 4 October.
In the Saeima elections, voting will be organized also for soldiers serving in international operations and for voters in penitentiaries.
For the 12th Saeima elections, submission of lists of candidates took place between 16 July 2014 and 5 August 2014. Lists of candidates had to be submitted to the Central Election Commission.
Legally registered parties and alliances of parties were entitled to submit a list of candidates to the Saeima elections. Lists of candidates had to be prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Saeima Election Law.
Submitters of lists of candidates had to make a security deposit of EUR 1400 in the bank account of the Central Election Commission.
A list of candidates and the attached documents had to be prepared electronically in the system for submission of lists of candidates of the Central Election Commission. A list of candidates and the attached documents had to be submitted also in paper.
* Photo: R.Inkēns, Chancellery of the Saeima.
Last modified September 16, 2014