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On preliminary voting results

Riga, May 3: The Central Election Commission (CEC) has summarised the preliminary results of the voting on the organisation of a referendum on the laws suspended by the President: Amendments to the National Security Law and Amendments to the State Security Authorities Law. The preliminary results show that 212188 citizens have voted that the Law on the Amendments to the National Security Law and 212127 citizens have voted that the Law on the Amendments to the State Security Authorities Law should be voted on in a referendum.

Thus, the preliminary results show that 14.23% of the citizens who had the right to vote in the last elections of the Parliament have supported the proposal that the suspended security laws be voted on in a referendum. To initiate a referendum, votes of as minimum 1/10, or 149064, citizens who have the right to vote are required.

The final results will be announced by the CEC next week, when the data of the originals of voting sheets are summarised.

Arnis Cimdars, Chairman of the CEC, informed that the genuineness of signatures would be verified when counting the final results. The verification of signatures will certify that at least 149,064 of the citizens having the right to vote have voted for the proposal to organise a referendum.

If the final results certify that at least 149,064 of the citizens having the right to vote have voted for the proposal to organise a referendum, the CEC will announce the referendum.

In the referendum, in accordance with the Constitution, the electors will vote for or against the repealing of the suspended security laws. The referendum will have to take place not earlier than one month and not later than two months as from the day of announcement of the referendum.

Enclosed: The preliminary results of the voting on the organisation of a referendum on the laws suspended by the President: Amendments to the National Security Law and Amendments to the State Security Authorities Law.

03.05.2007.