The Electoral Register will be used for registration of voters at the European Parliamentary elections, and voting will be organized by using lists of voters.
Each voter will be registered for elections in a definite polling station according to their residential address in Latvia. The Central Election Commission, local authorities and the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs will co-operate to create lists of voters.
By 15 March, the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs will send to each voter by post to their residential address in Latvia a notification regarding the polling station in the list of voters of which they have been registered in.
By 29 April, voters will have an opportunity to exercise their right to change the initially registered polling station by choosing any other polling station within the territory of Latvia.
Latvian citizens who are eligible to vote, as well as citizens of other member states of the European Union who reside in Latvia (unless information regarding them has been entered into the Population Register of Latvia) have the right to elect the European Parliament. Those citizens who have reached 18 years of age have the right to vote in Latvia.
Citizens of other member states of the European Union who wish to exercise their voting rights in Latvia must personally or by post submit an application to the Central Election Commission by 24 April regarding a wish to vote in the Republic of Latvia and an undertaking not to exercise voting rights in another Member State of the European Union.
Submission of candidate lists to the elections of the European Parliament will take place between 5 March and 20 March. Lists of candidates will have to be submitted to the Central Election Commission
Political parties and associations of political parties registered according to the procedure established by the law may submit lists of candidates to the elections of the European Parliament. There may be up to 16 candidates in each list.
On 24 May 2014, the election day, polling stations will be open between 7.00am and 8.00pm.
Early voting will take place at polling stations between 21 May and 23 May several hours a day. On 21 May polling stations will be open between 5.00pm and 8.00pm, on 22 May – between9.00am and 12.00pm and on 23 May – between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
A voter will have to present a valid passport or anID card to vote at the European Parliamentary elections.
Lists of candidates, information on candidates and pre-election programmes will be available at every polling station from 19 May.
On 19 May, polling stations will start to accept written submissions regarding voting at the place of location for those voters who will be unable to come to the election premises due the state of health. It will be possible to hand in submissions by the election day, 24 May. Submissions accepted on the election day after 12 noon will be satisfied by the polling station commission if it is possible to arrive at the place where a voter is located up to 10 o'clock in the evening.
Voting will be organized also for voters who are serving a sentence in a place of deprivation of liberty.
Latvian citizens who reside abroad also have the right to participate in the elections to the European Parliament. These voters have a possibility to vote by post. They have to submit an application for postal voting by 12 April to the diplomatic or consular missions of the Republic of Latvia or by 24 April to the polling station for postal voting in Riga situated at the premises of the Consular department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (address: Elizabetes street 57, Riga, LV-1050).
It is possible to apply for postal voting in person or by post.
Last modified March 07, 2014