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The translation of this document is outdated.
Translation validity: 01.11.2008.–10.01.2013.
Amendments not included: 13.12.2012., 14.02.2013., 12.09.2013.

Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

17 February 1994;
6 November 1996;
6 December 1996;
6 April 2000;
16 November 2000;
9 May 2002;
11 November 2004;
26 April 2007;
6 March 2008;
2 October 2008.

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima1 has adopted
and the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Law on Elections of the Republic City Council and Municipality Council

[2 October 2008]

Chapter I
General Provisions

Section 1.

The Republic City Council and Municipality Council (hereinafter - Council) shall be elected for a period of four years in equal, direct, secret and proportional elections. The current elections of the Council shall take place on the first Saturday of June.

[6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 11 November 2004, 6 March 2008; 2 October 2008]

Section 2.

(1) The number of deputies to be elected to the Municipality Council shall be determined in compliance with the number of inhabitants registered in the Population Register in the administrative territory of the relevant local government on the day the elections are announced:

up to 5000 inhabitants - 13 deputies;

from 5001 up to 20 000 inhabitants - 15 deputies;

from 20 001 up to 50 000 inhabitants - 17 deputies; and

more than 50 000 inhabitants - 19 deputies.

(2) The number of deputies to be elected to the Republic City Council, except Rīga City Council, shall be determined in compliance with the number of inhabitants registered in the Population Register in the administrative territory of the relevant local government on the day the elections are announced:

up to 50 000 inhabitants - 13 deputies;

more than 50 000 inhabitants - 15 deputies.

(3) There are 60 deputies in the composition of the Rīga City Council.

[2 October 2008]

Section 3.

The administrative territory of the local government of each republic city and municipality shall form a separate election region.

[2 October 2008]

Section 4.

The elections of the Council shall be announced by the Central Election Commission not later than three months prior to the day of elections.

[2 October 2008]

Chapter 2
Voting Rights

Section 5.

(1) In the Republic of Latvia the following persons have the right to elect the Council:

1) a citizen of Latvia; and

2) a citizen of the European Union other than a citizen of Latvia but who has been registered in the Population Register.

(2) A person who has reached the age of 18 on the day of the elections, is registered in the Voters' Register and has been registered at his or her place of residence in the administrative territory of the relevant local government for at least 90 days prior to the day of the elections, or a person who owns real estate which is registered in the administrative territory of the relevant local government in accordance with the procedures specified by law and to whom any of the restrictions referred to in Section 6 of this Law (hereinafter - the voter) does not apply.

[2 October 2008]

Section 6.

In the Republic of Latvia the following persons have no right to elect the Council:

1) who according to the procedures specified by law are recognised as not having the capacity to act;

2) persons who are serving sentences in places of deprivation of liberty; and

3) persons who do not have the right to vote in the Member State of the European Union of which they are citizens.

[2 October 2008]

Section 7.

[11 November 2004]

Section 8.

(1) In the Republic of Latvia the following persons have the right to stand as candidates in elections to the Council:

1) a citizen of Latvia; and

2) a citizen of the European Union other than a citizen of Latvia but who has been registered in the Population Register.

(2) A person who has reached the age of 18 on the day of the elections, is registered in the Voters' Register, to whom any of the restrictions referred to in Section 9 of this Law does not apply and who on the day of submission of the list of candidates complies with at least one of the following conditions has the right to stand as a candidate:

1) he or she has been registered at a place of residence in the administrative territory of the relevant local government for at least the last 10 months;

2) he or she has been working in the administrative territory of the relevant local government (as an employee or as a self-employed person according to the Law On State Social Insurance) for at least the last four months; or

3) he or she owns real estate which is registered in the administrative territory of the relevant local government in accordance with the procedures specified by law.

(3) According to the provisions of this Law, a candidate may stand as a candidate only in one Council in the Republic of Latvia.

(4) If the elections of the European Parliament and Council take place at the same time, a candidate may stand as a candidate only in one elections.

[2 October 2008]

Section 9.

(1) The following persons shall not be nominated as candidates for the Council elections and shall not be elected to the Council:

1) persons who are serving sentences in places of deprivation of liberty;

2) who according to the procedures specified by law are recognised as not having the capacity to act;

3) who have been sentenced for a serious or especially serious crime, except for the persons who have been rehabilitated or whose criminal record has been extinguished or set aside;

4) who at the time of the committing of a crime provided for in the Criminal Law was in a state of irresponsibility, state of limited responsibility or also after the committing of the criminal offence became mentally ill, which took away the capacity to understand his or her actions or to control them and to whom in relation to this a compulsory measure of a medical nature has been applied or also the matter has been terminated without the application of such a compulsory measure;

5) who after 13 January 1991 has worked in the C.P.S.U. (L.C.P.), the Working People's International Front of the Latvian S.S.R., the United Council of Labour Collectives, the Organisation of War and Labour Veterans or the All-Latvia Salvation of Society Committee or regional Committees thereof;

6) who are or have been in staff positions in the State security service, intelligence or counter-intelligence service of the U.S.S.R., the Latvian S.S.R. or some foreign state;

7) [9 May 2002]; or

8) who have been punished with a prohibition to stand as candidates in the elections of the Saeima, European Parliament, the Republic City Council and Municipality Council, except for the persons who have been rehabilitated or whose criminal record has been extinguished or set aside.

(2) A citizen of the European Union who has been deprived of the right to be nominated as a candidate and to be elected by a court judgment in the European Union Member State of his citizenship may not stand as a candidate for Council elections or be elected in a Council in the Republic of Latvia.

[6 November 1996; 6 April 2000; 9 May 2002; 11 November 2004; 26 April 2007; 2 October 2008]

Section 10.

(1) The President, members of the Saeima, members of the government, prosecutors, judges, State controller, members of the Board of the State Audit Office, members of panels of Audit Departments of the State Audit Office, and soldiers may be nominated as deputy candidates to the Council, however, in case of election they shall lose their mandate of a member of the Saeima and the position held, and soldiers shall be retired from the military service.

(2) [26 April 2007]

(3) If an elected deputy of the Council is a member of the European Parliament, he or she shall loose his or her status of the member of the European Parliament from the day of the first session of the newly elected Council. The election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality shall notify the Central Election Commission regarding election of a member of the European Parliament within one working day. The Central Election Commission shall notify the European Parliament regarding losing of the status of a member of the European Parliament within three working days after the notification of the election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality regarding election of the member of the European Parliament in the composition of the Council is received.

(4) The restrictions referred to in Paragraph one of this Section shall also apply to citizens of the European Union who are not citizens of Latvia.

[2 October 2008]

Chapter 3
Election Commissions

Section 11.

The elections of the Council shall be conducted and the course thereof shall be supervised by the Central Election Commission in accordance with the procedures specified by law.

[2 October 2008]

Section 12.

The elections of the Council shall be prepared and organized by election commissions of the republic city and municipality and polling station commissions established in accordance with the procedures specified by law.

[2 October 2008]

Section 13.

[6 November 1996]

Section 14.

[6 November 1996]

Chapter 4
Submission of Lists of Candidates

Section 15.

(1) In municipalities, where the number of inhabitants exceeds 5000 on the day of announcement of the elections, and republic cities the following parties shall be eligible to submit lists of deputy candidates for a Republic City Council and Municipality Council:

1) a registered political party;

2) a registered union of registered political parties; or

3) two or more registered political parties who have not joined in a registered union of political parties.

(2) In municipalities, where the number of inhabitants is less than 5000 on the day of announcement of the elections, the following shall be eligible to submit lists of deputy candidates for a Municipality Council:

1) a registered political party;

2) a registered union of registered political parties;

3) two or more registered political parties who have not joined in a registered union of political parties; or

4) electoral associations.

(3) Electoral association is composed of persons who have signed the relevant list of candidates, as well as persons who have been nominated on this list. The submitters of the relevant list of candidates shall be responsible for the lawfulness of the electoral association's activities.

(4) Lists of candidates shall be submitted beginning with the 50th day, but no later than forty days, prior to the election day. A list of candidates shall be submitted to the relevant republic city or municipality election commission.

(5) A name, surname, personal identity number of each candidate shall be specified in the list of candidates.

(6) The number of candidates nominated on the list may exceed the number of deputies to be elected in the relevant Council by three candidates. A person may permit his or her nomination as a candidate only on one list of candidates. If a candidate is nominated on more than one list, he or she shall be deleted from all the lists.

(7) A list of candidates and documents to be attached thereto shall be prepared using the application program of the Central Election Commission. A list of candidates, data regarding deputy candidates and pre-election programme shall be submitted in writing and electronically.

[2 October 2008]

Section 16.

(1) The list of candidates for deputy candidates of the Municipality Council, if it is submitted by an electoral association, shall be signed by at least 20 voters who are registered at the place of residence on the day of announcement of the elections in the administrative territory of the relevant local government.

(2) The list of candidates may be signed only by those voters who are not included in any of the lists of candidates submitted for the relevant Council elections. If a voter has violated this provision, his or her candidature shall be deleted from the relevant list of candidates.

(3) When signing the list of candidates, the voter's name, surname, personal identity number and registered place of residence shall be indicated therein. Each voter may sign only one list of candidates. If a voter has signed several lists, his or her signature shall be deleted from all the lists.

(4) The list of candidates of a political party or association of political parties to be submitted shall be signed by a person authorized by the relevant political organization's decision-making body. If the list of candidates is submitted by two or more political parties, it shall be signed by persons authorized by all the relevant political parties' decision-making bodies.

[2 October 2008]

Section 17.

(1) The following documents shall be attached to the list of candidates:

1) a statement signed by the candidate included in the list that he or she agrees to stand as a candidate in the relevant Council elections, and agrees to the processing of his or her personal data which is to be carried out in accordance with the requirements of this Law;

2) a declaration signed by the candidate included in the list of candidates, that he or she complies with the requirements of Section 8 of this Law and the restrictions referred to in Section 9 of this Law do not apply to him or her;

3) the following data signed by every candidate included in the list:

a) name, surname, year, day and month of birth, gender, ethnicity (optional) of the candidate,

b) personal identity number,

c) citizenship of another state, if any,

d) the registered place of residence in Latvia (a republic city or municipality),

e) places of employment and positions held (including positions in political parties, religious organizations, trade unions, associations and foundations) or - if there is no place of employment - occupation, status,

f) which educational institutions have been completed (which year, which speciality or programme),

g) self-assessment of the Latvian language proficiency,

h) whether he or she has or has not co-operated with the State security services, intelligence or counter-intelligence services of the USSR or Latvian S.S.R. as a non-staff employee of theses services, an agent, a resident or keeper of a safe house,

i) [11 November 2004]; and

j) if the candidate is a citizen of another European Union Member State, - a confirmation from the candidate that he or she has not been deprived of the right to stand as a candidate and be elected by a court judgment in the European Union Member State of his or her citizenship;

4) a pre-election programme signed by all the candidates included in the list of candidates, the size of which may not exceed 4000 characters.

(2) If a person, who has not been registered at the place of residence of the administrative territory of the relevant local government for at least the last 10 months before the date of submission of the list of candidates without interruption, is nominated as a candidate, yet the person owns real estate registered in this territory in accordance with the procedures specified by law, an extract of the Land Register Act certified by a notary or a statement from the Land Register department regarding the ownership of the real estate shall also be attached to the list of candidates.

(3) If a person, who has not been registered at the place of residence of the administrative territory of the relevant local government for at least the last 10 months before the date of submission the list of candidates without interruption, is nominated as a candidate, yet the person has been employed in this territory (as an employee or as a self-employed person according to the Law On State Social Insurance) for at least the last four months before the date of submission of the list of candidates, a statement from the employer or the State Revenue Service respectively shall also be attached to the list of candidates.

(4) [9 may 2002]

(5) If a person, who on the day of submission of the list holds a position referred to in Article 10 of this Law, is nominated as a candidate, a notification signed by the relevant person indicating that, in the event of being elected, he or she will terminate performance of his or her duties in the relevant position (service) within one month, shall be attached to the list of candidates.

(6) If the name of a candidate list is identical to the name of a registered political party or a registered union of registered political parties, an authorization from the decision-making body of such political party or union of political parties shall be attached to the list of candidates entitling the submitters to submit the list of candidates for the elections of the relevant Council.

(7) If a combined list of candidates has been submitted by several political parties which have not united into a registered union of political parties, authorizations from all decision-making bodies of the relevant political parties shall be attached to the list of candidates.

(8) A bank receipt for the payment of the security deposit specified in Section 18 of this Law shall also be attached to the list of candidates for the Republic City Council and Municipality Council deputies.

[6 November 1996; 6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 16 November 2000; 9 May 2002; 11 November 2004; 2 October 2008]

Section 18.

(1) The election commissions shall only accept such lists of candidates, the submitters of which have paid a security deposit for the relevant list into a special deposit account of the Council election commission. The security deposit for the list of candidates for the Council elections shall be as follows:

90 lats - if the number of inhabitants is under 5000 in the administrative territory of the local government;

110 lats - if the number of inhabitants is from 5001 to 20 000 in the administrative territory of the local government;

130 lats - if the number of inhabitants is from 20 001 to 50 000 in the administrative territory of the local government;

150 lats - if the number of inhabitants exceeds 50 000 in the administrative territory of the local government.

(2) The security deposit for a list of candidates for elections of Rīga City Council shall be 600 lats.

(3) The bank issues the payers of the security deposit a document which indicates who has deposited the money, the name of the list of candidates for which the security deposit was paid and the date when the security deposit was paid. The paid security deposit gives the right to submit a list of candidates of one name for one Council elections. If at least one candidate is elected from the list of candidates of such a name in the relevant Council elections, the security deposit shall be returned to the payers; if no one is elected, the Election Commission shall include the security deposit in the budget of the relevant local government.

[11 November 2004; 2 October 2008]

Section 19.

(1) If a list of candidates is submitted by the electoral association, the first three signatories of a list of candidates shall be considered the submitters of the relevant list of candidates, and one of them has the right, without a special authorization, to be present in the meetings of the relevant municipality election commission, as well as in the meetings of the commissions of polling stations established in the administrative territory of the municipality.

(2) If a list of candidates is submitted by a political party, two or several political parties or union of political parties, they shall specify three persons in the authorisation of the decision-making bodies thereof one of whom has the right, without a special authorization, to submit a list of candidates, to be present in the meetings of the relevant republic city or municipality election commission, as well as in the meetings of the commissions of polling stations established in the administrative territory of such a republic city or municipality.

[2 October 2008]

Section 20.

(1) The election commission shall, within one day, verify a list of candidates and take one of the following decisions:

1) accept a list of candidates and documents attached thereto; or

2) to refuse a list of candidates and documents attached thereto, if it determines non-compliance of the list of candidates and documents attached thereto with the requirements of Chapter 4 of this Law.

(2) The election commission shall specify in a decision of refusal what deficiencies are to be eliminated in the list of candidates and documents attached thereto, in order to decide regarding acceptance of such a list and the documents attached thereto.

(3) A list of candidates which has not been accepted by the election commission may be submitted repeatedly, if the time period for submission of lists of candidates specified in the law has not expired. The day when the election commission has accepted a list of candidates shall be considered as the day of submission of the list of candidates.

(4) The election commission shall verify whether the nominated candidates comply with the requirements of Section 8, Paragraphs one and two and Section 9 of this Law.

[26 April 2007]

Section 21.

(1) The name of a list of candidates shall be selected by the submitters thereof.

(2) The name of a list of candidates shall correspond to:

1) the name of the relevant political party, if the list of candidates is submitted by a political party;

2) the name of the relevant union of political parties, if the list of candidates is submitted by a union of political parties; or

3) all names of the relevant political parties, if the list of candidates is submitted by two or several political parties.

[2 October 2008]

Section 22.

(1) Lists of candidates which have been submitted in accordance with the requirements of this Law shall be registered in the election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality.

(2) Registered lists of candidates cannot be withdrawn and amendments to them may be made in one of the following ways only by the commission which has registered the relevant list:

1) by deleting the nominated candidate, if:

a) the candidate fails to comply with the requirements of Section 8, Paragraphs one and two of this Law,

b) the restrictions specified in Section 9 of this Law apply to the candidate,

c) one and the same person is nominated in lists of candidates of different names or in the list of candidates also for elections of another local government Council (Section 15),

d) the candidate has signed any list of candidates as a voter (Section 16),

e) the candidate has deceased,

f) the candidate is a member of the European Parliament and has not submitted documents to the election commission which approve the fact of resignation of the mandate of the member of the European Parliament (laying down the mandate);

2) by making corrections of a technical nature.

(3) A candidate shall be deleted on the basis of the statement issued by the relevant institution or a court judgment. The fact that the candidate:

1) fails to comply with the requirements of Section 8, Paragraph one of this Law - shall be certified by the statement of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs;

11) has not reached the age of 18 on the day of the elections - shall be certified by the statement of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs;

12) is not registered in the Voters' Register - shall be certified by the statement of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs;

2) has not been registered at the place of residence in the administrative territory of the relevant local government for at least the last 10 months without interruption before the day of submission of the list of candidates - shall be certified by the statement of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs;

21) has been included in the list of candidates for another Council elections - shall be certified by the statement of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs;

22) has been recognised as not having the capacity to act in accordance with the procedures provided for by law - shall be certified by the statement of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs;

3) is serving sentence in a place of deprivation of liberty - shall be confirmed by the statement of the Ministry of the Interior Information Centre;

4) has been sentenced for a serious or especially serious crime and the criminal record has not been extinguished or set aside - shall be certified by the statement of the Ministry of the Interior Information Centre;

5) at the time of committing a crime provided for in the Criminal Law was in a state of incapacity, state of diminished mental capacity or also after the committing of the criminal offence became mentally ill, which took away the capacity to understand his or her actions or to control them - shall be certified by the statement of the Ministry of the Interior Information Centre;

6) is or has been in a staff position in the State security services, intelligence or counter-intelligence services of the U.S.S.R., the Latvian S.S.R. or a foreign state;

7) after 13 January 1991 has worked in the C.P.S.U. (L.C.P.), the Working People's International Front of the Latvian S.S.R., the United Council of Labour Collectives, the Organisation of War and Labour Veterans, the All-Latvia Salvation of Society Committee or their regional committees - shall be certified by the relevant court judgement;

8) [9 May 2002];

9) has deceased - shall be certified by the statement of the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

(4) The institutions referred to in Paragraph three of this Section shall provide the information at the disposal thereof in writing free of charge to the election commission within five days after receipt of a request.

(5) If information that a nominated candidate does not have the right to stand as a candidate in the elections to the Council is received by the electoral commission later than 20 days before the elections and it is impossible to produce new ballot papers of the relevant list of candidates, voters shall be issued with ballot papers of the relevant list of candidates with the given name and surname of this candidate. In counting of the votes and calculation of election results the votes cast for the relevant person shall not be counted.

[6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 16 November 2000; 9 May 2002; 11 November 2004; 2 October 2008]

Section 22.1

(1) A decision of election commission of the republic city or municipality regarding acceptance of a list of candidates or refusal to accept a list of candidates, as well as a decision thereof regarding deletion of a nominated candidate from a registered list of candidates, may be contested in the Central Election Commission within three working days from the day of taking of the relevant decision.

(2) The Central Election Commission shall examine a complaint and take a decision within three days from the day of receipt of the complaint. A decision of the Central Election Commission may be appealed to the court within three working days after the day of taking thereof.

(3) In order to execute a court judgment by which a decision of the election commission of a republic city or municipality regarding acceptance of a list of candidates or refusal to accept a list of candidates, or deletion of the nominated candidate from the registered list of candidates is repealed, the election commission of the republic city or municipality shall:

1) accept the list of candidates or refuse to accept the relevant list of candidates; or

2) renew a nominated candidates in the registered list of candidates or delete him or her therefrom.

[2 October 2008]

Section 23.

(1) The lists of candidates registered for the election to the Republic City Council shall be published on the Internet homepage of the Central Election Commission and in the newspaper Latvijas Vēstnesis [the official Gazette of the government of the Republic of Latvia], as well as placed in all polling stations established in the administrative territory of the relevant local government.

(2) Lists of candidates registered for the elections to the Municipality Council shall be published on the Internet homepage of the Central Election Commission, as well as in the newspaper published by a local government, but, if there is not any - in another local newspaper. The lists of candidates shall be placed in a visible place in the building of the Municipality Council and all polling stations established in the administrative territory of the relevant local government.

(3) Lists of candidates shall be posted not later than 10 days prior to the day of the elections, and the name, surname, date of birth, registered place of residence, education, principal place of employment and position held, citizenship (nationality) of another state, if any, of each candidate shall be specified therein.

(4) Pre-election programmes shall be displayed in a place visible for the voters. The information stipulated by this law regarding each candidate shall be available in each polling station, with the exception of his or her personal identity number or voter code.

[6 November 1996; 6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 16 November 2000; 11 November 2004; 2 October 2008]

Section 24.

(1) If until the time period specified in Section 15 of this Law no list of candidates for the elections of the relevant local government Council is registered, only one list of candidates is registered or the number of registered candidates is less than the number of deputies of the Council to be elected to the relevant local government, the Central Election Commission shall, within three days, take a decision to extend the time period for submission of lists of candidates for 10 days. A decision of the Central Election Commission shall be published in the newspaper Latvijas Vēstnesis and posted in a place visible for the voters at the building of the relevant local government Council. If the number of candidates is less than the number of deputies of the Council to be elected even after extension of the time period, the Central Election Commission shall, within two weeks, announce repeated elections of the relevant Council in accordance with the procedures specified by this Law.

(2) [11 November 2004]

(3) If even then the required number of candidates is not nominated, a temporary administration shall be established in the relevant administrative territory in accordance with the procedures specified by law.

(4) An election commission of the republic city and municipality shall ensure printing of the lists of candidates on separate forms - ballot papers. The following information shall be provided on a ballot paper:

1) the name of the Council where elections take place;

2) the name of the list of candidates; and

3) the number of order, given name and surname of the nominated candidates.

(5) Opposite the surname of each candidate on the ballot paper there is a space for the voter to make a mark.

(6) An election commission of the republic city and municipality shall, not later than five days prior the day of elections, send ballot envelopes and ballot papers to all polling station commissions. Ballot papers shall be sent in such an amount that each voter may receive one ballot paper regarding lists of candidates registered in the relevant election region. Manufacture and distribution of ballot envelopes to the election commissions of the republic city and municipalities shall be ensured by the Central Election Commission in accordance with the procedures specified by it.

(7) Ballot papers, envelopes and electoral rolls shall, starting with the first day of elections, be kept in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission.

[6 November 1996; 6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 11 November 2004; 2 October 2008]

Chapter 5
Election Procedure

Section 25.

(1) On the election day the elections shall take place from 7 o'clock in the morning till 10 o'clock in the evening.

(2) At 7 o'clock in the morning a chairperson of the election commission or the secretary shall, in the presence of the election commission, make ensure that the ballot boxes, allotted for depositing ballot papers, are empty. After this the ballot boxes shall be sealed.

(3) The commission of the polling station shall ensure the following at the entrance to the polling room:

1) verification whether the citizens who arrive are voters of this polling station;

2) make available an alphabetical list of voters of this polling station, indicating the name, surname, date of birth and the number of order on the electoral roll.

(4) [11 November 2004]

[6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 16 November 2000; 11 November 2004]

Section 26.

(1) If the voter will not be able to vote on the day of the elections, he or she may vote in advance - within three days prior to the general election day - at the polling station in the electoral roll of which he or she is registered. The working hours of the polling station during the days of advance voting shall be: on Wednesday - from 17.00 to 20.00; on Thursday - from 9.00 to 12.00; on Friday - from 10.00 to 16.00. During this time the polling station commission shall work in a composition of not less than four persons. The notification regarding the location of the polling station (stations) and working hours thereof shall be displayed at the local government building, as well as in all polling stations established in the administrative territory of the relevant local government.

(2) Voters voting before the general polling day shall place the ballot envelope in a separate sealed ballot box. The polling station commission shall make a notation in the electoral roll that a voter has voted in advance.

[11 November 2004]

Section 27.

Except for the cases provided for in Section 33 of this Law, a voter may only vote personally.

[6 November 1996; 11 November 2004]

Section 28.

(1) Voting in the elections shall be by secret ballot. A voter, upon presenting a personal identification document valid in the Republic of Latvia, shall vote at the polling station in the electoral roll of which he or she is registered.

(2) In the election premises, a member of the polling station commission, having previously satisfied himself or herself that the information regarding the person is included in the electoral roll and it does not contain a notation regarding participation of this person in the relevant elections, shall enter a notation on the electoral roll regarding the participation of the voter in the relevant elections. The voter shall sign the electoral roll.

(3) The ballot papers of all lists of candidates nominated in the election region shall be issued for each voter and a special envelope which is sealed with a seal of the relevant station commission. The voter shall place in this envelope the ballot paper that conforms to the list of candidates for which he or she has voted. The issuing of separate ballot papers is prohibited.

(4) [6 December 1996].

(5) Members of the polling station commission are prohibited from canvassing for or against candidates or lists of candidates.

[11 November 2004]

Section 29.

(1) A separate room or section shall be installed in the election premises where the voter alone shall place in the ballot envelope one ballot paper and seal the envelope. A voter is allowed to make a "+" mark opposite the surnames of candidates or not to make any mark or strike out the name and surname of a candidate in a ballot paper.

(2) A voter shall make a "+" mark opposite the surname of a candidate if he or she especially supports the election of such a candidate. If the voter does not support a candidate from the candidates included in the ballot paper, he or she shall strike out the given name and surname of such a candidate. If only name or surname is struck out, it shall be considered that a voter does not support such a candidate. A voter may also place an unchanged ballot paper (without marks) into the ballot envelope.

(3) A voter shall insert the sealed envelope into the sealed up ballot box in the presence of a member of the election commission.

(4) [6 December 1996].

(5) If the voter prior to placing the ballot paper in the envelope and sealing it has damaged the paper or the ballot envelope, he or she shall be issued a new ballot envelope or new ballot papers of all nominated lists of candidates in the election region.

[6 December 1996; 11 November 2004]

Section 30.

[6 November 1996]

Section 31.

[6 November 1996]

Section 32.

(1) If certain voters due their state of health are unable to come to the election premises, the polling station commission shall, on the basis of a written submission from such voters or their authorised person which shall be registered in a special journal, organise voting at the place where such a voter is located, ensuring secrecy. Authorised observers (Section 35, Paragraph two) are entitled to observe such voting.

(2) Voting at the place where voters are located shall be organised also for the carers of the persons referred to in Paragraph one of this Section if they submit in good time a written submission regarding voting at the place where they are located.

(3) Voting of other voters outside the election premises is not permissible.

(4) Voting at the place where a voter is located shall take place only if the voter is located in the territory of the polling station on the electoral roll of which information regarding him or her has been included.

(5) On the polling day the polling station commission shall continue to accept written submissions regarding voting at the place where voters are located. Submissions accepted after 12 noon shall be satisfied by the polling station commission if it is possible to arrive at the place where voters are located up to 10 o'clock in the evening.

(6) Voters who in accordance with Paragraphs one and two of this Section vote at the place of their location shall be entered in a separate electoral roll and the sealed envelopes shall be inserted in a separate sealed up box.

(7) Data regarding ballot envelopes issued for voting at the place of location of voters and left over envelopes, including damaged envelopes, shall be entered in the report of the election procedures.

(8) For suspected persons, accused persons or defendants. if imprisonment has been applied against them as a security measure. voting shall be organised at the place of location of such persons in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Paragraphs one and four of this Section.

[11 November 2004]

Section 33.

(1) If a voter, due to a physical disability, cannot vote himself or herself, then in the presence of the voter and in conformity with the voter's oral specifications, marks shall be made on the election ballot by the voter's family member or any other person that the voter trusts. The person who makes the marks may not be a member of the relevant polling station commission.

[6 November 1996]

Section 34.

(1) During the elections, order in the premises of the polling station shall be supervised by the chairperson of the election commission. He or she shall ascertain that in the election premises and not closer than 50 metres from the entrance to the building where the polling station is located restrictions of election freedoms and disturbances to order, as well as canvassing. do not occur.

(2) A chairperson of the polling station commission shall be responsible for supervision and keeping of election documents, materials and property given to the relevant station commission.

[2 October 2008]

Section 35.

(1) Starting with the opening of a polling station, the secretary of the polling station commission or - in his or her absence - another member of the commission authorised by the chairperson of the polling station commission shall write up the report of the election procedures in accordance with the procedure specified by the Central Electoral Commission.

(2) Not disturbing the work of the polling station, no more than two authorised observers from each electoral association, political party or union of political parties that has submitted a list of candidates for the elections of the relevant Council, as well as members of the Central Election Commission and election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality and authorised persons of these commissions, mass media representatives, may observe the election procedures. A deputy candidate of the relevant Council may not act as an authorised observer.

(3) A voter may submit a complaint regarding the election procedures to the chairperson of the election commission and it shall be registered in the election procedures report. Any complaint regarding the election procedures shall be examined without delay and a reply shall be given to the submitter of the complaint, but the content of the complaint shall be recorded in the election procedures report.

[2 October 2008]

Section 36.

On the polling day after 10 o'clock in the evening ballot papers may be placed only by those voters who were in the election premises prior to 10 o'clock in the evening. After this, the election premises shall be closed, the votes shall be counted and the election results shall be calculated.

[6 April 2000]

Chapter 6
Counting of Votes and Calculation of Election Results

Section 37.

(1) The counting of votes shall commence immediately after the closing of the polling station. Counting is done by the polling station commission in an open meeting.

(2) Not disturbing the work of the commission, no more than two authorised observers from each electoral association, political party or union of political parties that has submitted a list of candidates for the election of the relevant Council, as well as members of the Central Election Commission and election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality and authorised persons of these commissions, mass media representatives, may observe the course of the meeting. After completion of the counting of votes the referred to persons have the right to familiarize with the report on the counting of votes.

(3) Submitters of the lists of candidates, as well as nominated candidates may, within three working days after signing of the report, contest it in the Central Election Commission. The Central Election Commission shall examine a complaint and take a decision within three days from the day of receipt of the complaint.

(4) A decision of the Central Election Commission regarding the contested report on the counting of votes may be appealed to the court within three working days after the day of taking thereof.

[26 April 2007; 02 October 2008]

Section 37.1

If a court, when examining an application, determines that the violations of law are allowed which have affected the distribution of the seats of deputies of the relevant Council among political parties, unions of political parties and associations of voters, it shall repeal a decision regarding approval of the results of the relevant polling station and take one of the following adjudications:

1) to assign the election commission of the republic city or municipality to re-count the votes;

2) to assign the Central Election Commission to announce repeated voting; or

3) another adjudication.

[2 October 2008]

Section 38.

(1) Immediately after the closing of the polling station, the polling station commission shall, in accordance with procedures specified by the Central Electoral Commission, seal the ballot boxes, close the electoral rolls and prepare the premises for the counting of votes. Election materials not used in voting shall be packed or placed in a manner that does not hinder the counting of votes.

(2) The polling station commission shall write a vote counting report regarding the counting of votes in three copies. The vote counting report shall consist of two parts:

1) preliminary counting of votes (hereinafter - the first part of the vote counting report); and

2) final results of vote counting (hereinafter - the second part of the vote counting report).

(3) Prior to the opening of ballot boxes, the polling station commission shall enter in the first part of the vote counting report information regarding the received, used and spare ballot envelopes, the number of voters at the polling station and at places where voters were located. Sealed ballot envelopes which have not been used in voting shall be cancelled.

(4) Subsequent to the entering of the information referred to in Paragraph two of this Section in the first part of the vote counting report and the packaging of materials and ballot envelopes not used in the counting of votes, the ballot boxes shall be opened. The ballot boxes shall be opened one by one and the ballot envelopes shall be counted.

(5) Ballot envelopes taken out of each ballot box, without opening them, shall be sorted into valid and invalid ballot envelopes.

(6) Torn ballot envelopes and ballot envelopes which are not sealed with a seal of the relevant polling station commission shall be deemed to be invalid.

(7) Invalid ballot envelopes shall be counted and packaged unopened, specifying that the pack contains invalid ballot envelopes and the number thereof. The total number of invalid ballot envelopes shall be entered in the first part of the vote counting report.

(8) The number of valid ballot envelopes taken out of each ballot box shall be equal to or less than the relevant number of voters.

(9) If a ballot box contains ballot papers which are not inserted in ballot envelopes, they shall be cancelled and packaged in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Electoral Commission.

[11 November 2004]

Section 39.

(1) Subsequent to the counting of the valid ballot envelopes they shall be opened and concurrently their content shall be determined:

1) the envelope contains one ballot paper of the relevant region;

2) the envelope contains more than one ballot paper;

3) the envelope contains a ballot paper of another region;

4) the envelope contains a torn ballot paper; or

5) there is no ballot paper in the envelope.

(2) Envelopes which contained one ballot paper of the relevant region do not have to be kept after ballot papers are taken out. Ballot papers from these envelopes shall be placed together for counting.

(3) Empty ballot envelopes, as well as ballot envelopes which contained more than one ballot paper or a torn ballot paper, or a ballot paper of another region shall together with their contents be placed separately.

[11 November 2004]

Section 40.

(1) When all the valid ballot envelopes are opened, the polling station commission shall decide on the validity of those ballot papers which were in the ballot envelopes with several ballot papers, torn ballot papers and ballot papers of another region.

(2) If a ballot envelope contains several absolutely identical ballot papers, one of them shall be deemed to be valid and added to the valid ballot papers for counting, but others shall be deemed to be invalid.

(3) Envelopes containing torn ballot papers, as well as empty ballot envelopes shall be deemed to be ballot envelopes without valid ballot papers.

(4) If a ballot envelope contains more than one ballot paper and these ballot papers are not identical as concerns their content (also as concerns the marks made), it shall be deemed to be an envelope without a valid ballot paper.

(5) Differences of opinion regarding the validity of ballot papers the polling station commission shall resolve by majority vote. In the case of the tied vote the chairperson of the commission shall have the deciding vote.

(6) Valid ballot papers, in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission, shall be grouped according to the names of the lists of candidates. Afterwards the votes cast for each list of candidates shall be counted.

(7) The number of votes cast for each list of candidates shall be entered in the vote counting report. Information regarding the number of votes cast for each list of candidates shall be provided in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission.

[11 November 2004]

Section 40.1

(1) After completion of preliminary counting of votes, the polling station commission shall sign the first part of the vote counting report. Afterwards the polling station commission may announce a break. If a break is announced, prior to the announcement thereof the following shall be packed in one package:

1) all submitted valid ballot papers;

2) all ballot envelopes with invalid ballot papers;

3) one copy of the vote counting report; and

4) electoral rolls.

(2) The package shall be sealed with a seal of the polling station commission. The authorised observers present also have the right to seal this package with their seals or sign on it regarding which a reference shall be made in the election procedures report.

(3) Storage and supervision of packed election materials during a break shall be ensured in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission.

(4) Resuming the work after a break, the polling station commission shall count the ballot papers of each list repeatedly in an open meeting in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission.

[2 October 2008]

Section 40.2

(1) The number of received votes regarding each candidate shall be determined in the following way:

1) divide the ballot papers of each list into two groups - changed and unchanged ballot papers. Changed ballot papers shall be considered to be those on which the voter, opposite the surname of a candidate in the place provided therefor, has made a "+" mark or has struck out the given name or surname of a candidate. Other ballot papers shall be considered to be unchanged;

2) in relation to each candidate, count the changed ballot papers in which:

a) opposite his or her surname in the place provided therefor a "+" mark has been made;

b) his or her given name or surname has been struck out; and

c) marks have not been made.

(2) The final results of the counting of votes shall be entered by the polling station commission in the second part of the vote counting report.

(3) Differences of opinion regarding the marks made by voters on ballot papers the polling station commission shall resolve by majority vote. In the case of the tied vote the chairperson of the polling station commission shall have the deciding vote.

[11 November 2004]

Section 40.3

After the counting of votes and the completion of the vote counting report, all valid ballot papers given, as well as invalid ballot papers together with ballot envelopes, unused sealed and invalid ballot envelopes and one copy of the vote counting report of the polling station commission shall be packaged and sealed. The authorised observers present also have the right to seal this package with their seals or sign on it regarding which a reference shall be made in election procedures report. Unused unsealed ballot envelopes shall be packaged separately. Afterwards the polling station commission shall send the election materials to the election commission of the republic city or municipality in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission.

[2 October 2008]

Section 41.

(1) The election results of the election commission of the republic city and municipality shall be calculated according to the reports which they have received from the polling station commissions.

(2) The lists of candidates which have received less than five per cent of the total votes given in the elections of this local government shall not participate in distribution of seats of deputies. The number of valid ballot envelopes shall be deemed to be the total number of votes given (the total number of voters participating in the election).

(3) In order to distribute the seats of the Council deputies among lists of candidates, the following procedure shall be applied:

1) the number of valid ballot papers given for each list of candidates shall be determined;

2) the number of ballot papers given for each list of candidates shall be then sequentially divided by 1, 3, 5, 7 and so on until the number of divisions is the same as the number of candidates nominated in the list of candidates;

3) all the acquired divisions regarding all lists of candidates shall be numbered in common descending order; and

4) seats of deputies shall sequentially be received by those lists of candidates which conform to the largest divisions.

(4) If a division, the sequence number of which complies with the number of deputies to be elected, is equal with one or several subsequent divisions, a seat of the deputy shall be received by a list which has acquired more votes.

(5) If such lists of candidates have acquired equal number of votes, a seat of the deputy shall be received by a list of candidates which has been registered the first.

(6) In each list of candidates, the nominated candidates shall be listed according to the number of votes received. The number of votes cast for a candidate shall be equal to the number of votes which were cast for the list of candidates in which this candidate was included, minus the number of ballot papers in which the given name or surname of this candidate was struck out, plus the number of those ballot papers in which voters made a "+" mark opposite the surname of this candidate. If two or more candidates of one list of candidates have received an equal number of votes, they shall be mutually listed according to the sequence provided for by the submitters of the list of candidates.

(7) Those candidates shall be elected who have received the largest number of votes, but the remainder shall be recorded as candidates in such sequence as they were listed according to the number of votes which were cast for them.

[6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 11 November 2004; 26 April 2007; 2 October 2008]

Section 42.

[6 December 1996]

Section 43.

(1) If the elected deputy of the Council has deceased, resigned or due to other reasons has lost or laid down his or her mandate, in his or her place shall come the next candidate from the same list of candidates from which the previous deputy was elected.

(2) If any of the list of candidates lacks candidates due to the reasons provided for in Paragraph one of this Section, then the Central Election Commission shall, in accordance with the procedures specified in Section 41, Paragraph two of this Law, determine from which list of candidates the next deputy shall be taken.

[2 October 2008]

Section 44.

(1) Election results shall be approved by the election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality by the decision thereof. The election commission of the republic city and municipality shall send it together with reports of the meetings of the election commission to the Central Election Commission. Other election materials shall be stored in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission.

(2) All submitters of the lists of candidates, within three days after elections, have the right to familiarise with the electoral roll, but within three days after announcement of the election results - with reports of meetings of the election commission.

(3) Election results of the Republic City Council shall be sent for publication in the newspaper Latvijas Vēstnesis and on the Internet homepage of the Central Election Commission not later than within seven days after the elections.

(4) Election results of the Municipality Council shall, not later than within three days after the elections, be placed in a visible place at the place of provision of information of the Municipality Council and rural territory (or pagasts) or town administration, as well as shall be sent for publication on the Internet homepage of the Central Election Commission. Election results of the Municipality Council shall, within three days after the elections, be also sent for publication in the newspaper published by the local government, but, if there is no any - in another local newspaper.

[6 November 1996; 6 December 1996; 6 April 2000; 2 October 2008]

Section 45.

(1) A chairperson of the election commission of the republic city or municipality shall, not earlier than 10 days and not later than 20 days after announcement of the election results, invite the newly elected deputies to the first meeting of the Council.

(2) In order to execute a court judgment by which a decision of the election commission regarding approval of the election results is left unchanged, a chairperson of the election commission of the town, municipality or rural territory (or pagasts) shall invite the newly elected deputies to the first meeting of the Council within 10 days after proclamation of the court judgment.

[2 October 2008]

Chapter 6.1
Contestation of Election Results

[26 April 2007]

Section 45.1

Submitters of the lists of candidates, as well as nominated candidates, have the right to contest a decision of the election commission regarding approval of election results within three working days after the day of taking thereof in the Central Election Commission. The Central Election Commission shall take a decision within three days.

Section 45.2

A decision of the Central Election Commission may be appealed to the court within three working days after the day of taking thereof.

Section 45.3

If a court, in examining a complaint, determines that the violations of law have been committed in the organisation of elections or counting of votes and calculation of election results which have affected the distribution of the seats of deputies of the relevant Council among political parties, unions of political parties and associations of voters, it shall repeal a decision regarding approval of the election results of the relevant republic city or municipality and take one of the following adjudications:

1) to assign the Central Election Commission to ensure re-counting of votes;

2) to assign the Central Election Commission to announce repeated voting; or

3) to assign the Central Election Commission to announce repeated elections.

[2 October 2008]

Section 45.4

(1) If a court judgment has come into force by which a decision of the election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality regarding approval of election results of the Council is repealed and a decision regarding announcement of repeated elections is taken, the Central Election Commission shall, in accordance with the procedures specified by law, announce repeated elections of the relevant Council.

(2) The work of the Council shall be ensured by the present Council from the day of submission of application until the day when a decision regarding approval of the results of repeated elections comes into force.

[2 October 2008]

Chapter 6.2
Organisation of Repeated Voting

[26 April 2007]

Section 45.5

(1) If a judgment has come into force by which a decision of the relevant polling station regarding approval of results or a decision of the election commission of the relevant republic city or municipality regarding approval of election results of the Council is repealed, and a decision regarding announcement of repeated voting is taken, the Central Election Commission shall, within five days after coming into force of the judgment, announce repeated voting.

(2) A repeated voting shall be organised not later than three months after the announcement thereof. The exact date shall be determined by the Central Election Commission.

(3) The work of the Council shall be ensured by the present Council from the day of submission of application until the day of coming into force of the results of repeated voting.

[2 October 2008]

Section 45.6

Persons, who had the right to participate in the elections of the relevant Council the result of which was repealed in accordance with Section 37.1 or Section 45.3, Paragraph one of this Law, have the right to participate in repeated voting.

[2 October 2008]

Section 45.7.

Only those candidates, who had been registered in the elections of the relevant Council the result of which was repealed in accordance with Section 37.1 or Section 45.3, Paragraph one of this Law, have the right to stand as candidates in repeated voting.

[2 October 2008]

Section 45.8

Repeated voting shall be prepared and organised by election commissions of the republic city and municipality and polling station commissions.

[2 October 2008]

Section 45.9

(1) The election commission of the republic city and municipality shall multiply the lists of candidates printed for the relevant elections.

(2) The election commission of the republic city and municipality shall, not later than five days prior to the day of repeated voting, send ballot envelopes and ballot papers to all polling station commissions. If repeated voting is announced in definite polling stations, ballot envelopes and ballot papers shall be sent to the relevant polling stations. Manufacture of ballot envelopes and distribution thereof to the election commission of the republic city or municipality shall be ensured by the Central Election Commission.

[2 October 2008]

Section 45.10

Repeated voting, counting of votes and calculation of results shall be performed in accordance with the procedures specified in Chapters 5 and 6 of this Law.

Chapter 7
Final Provisions

Section 46.

[26 April 2007]

Section 47.

Persons, who by violence, fraud, threats, bribery or in other illegal manner prevent citizens from participating in elections or perform canvassing or have counterfeited election documents, or deliberately have counted votes incorrectly, or have failed to observe voting secret, or have otherwise violated this law, shall be held liable in accordance with the law.

Section 47.1

(1) After having received the court's verdict of guilty in a criminal matter regarding violations of election rights, the election commission of the republic city or municipality shall, within five days in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Election Commission, assess whether there has been any impact on the distribution of seats in the relevant elections, and take one of the following decisions:

1) not to re-distribute the seats among the candidates registered for the relevant elections; or

2) to re-distribute the seats among the candidates registered for the relevant elections.

(2) A decision of the election commission of the republic city or municipality referred to in Paragraph one of this Section may be contested in the Central Election Commission within 10 days after the day of taking thereof. The Central Election Commission shall take a decision within three days.

(3) A decision of the Central Election Commission referred to in Paragraph two of this Section may be appealed to the court within three working days after the day of taking thereof.

[2 October 2008]

Section 48.

Candidates for the Council deputies who have deliberately provided false information regarding them in the declaration referred to in Section 17, Paragraph one, Clause 2 of this Law shall be held criminally liable in accordance with Section 272 of the Criminal Law, but in case of election the deputy mandate shall also be cancelled for the relevant Council deputy.

[11 November 2004; 2 October 2008]

Section 49.

(1) The State and local government institutions and capital companies have a duty to ensure the election commissions with premises necessary for work thereof free of charge.

(2) The State and local government institutions and capital companies have a duty to ensure political parties, unions of political parties and electoral associations with premises for organisation of pre-election measures for charge in such amount which covers the actual expenses of use of such premises.

[6 November 1996; 26 April 2007; 2 October 2008]

Section 50.

Expenses related to preparation and procedure of elections shall be covered from the budget of the relevant local government.

Section 51.

(1) It is prohibited to finance an election campaign of electoral associations from the State budget and local government budgets, as well as from the resources of the State and local government capital companies.

(2) It is prohibited to finance an election campaign of electoral associations from anonymous donations.

(3) Political parties, unions thereof and electoral associations are prohibited from organising, forming and establishing such contractual relations which after election determine or may determine financial or other property commitments for a deputy in respect of the relevant contracting party or third person.

[11 November 2004; 26 April 2007; 2 October 2008]

Section 52.

(1) An application shall be submitted to the Administrative District Court in the case referred to in Section 22.1, Paragraph two of this Law, but in the case referred to in Section 37, Paragraph four, Section 45.2, Paragraph one and Section 47.1, Paragraph three of this Law - in the Administrative Regional Court.

(2) The court shall examine the matter as the court of first instance. The matter shall be examined in the composition of three judges.

(3) The court shall examine the matter and take an adjudication:

1) in the case referred to in Section 22.1, Paragraph two, Section 37, Paragraph four and Section 45.2, Paragraph one of this Law - within seven days after the day of receipt of the application; or

2) in the case referred to in Section 47.1, Paragraph three of this Law - within 30 days after the day of receipt of the application.

(4) An applicant shall specify the justification for the application. The burden of proof shall lie with the participants of the administrative proceedings.

(5) If the law prescribes the time period for execution of any procedural actions, however, the conditions of Paragraph three of this Section would not be observed in executing the respective procedural action within this time period, the judge (court) shall determine a time period appropriate for execution of the relevant procedural action.

(6) An adjudication of the court, as well as other decisions which are taken in performing procedural actions for examination of the submitted application or action brought, shall not be subject to appeal.

[26 April 2007]

Transitional Provisions

1. [6 November 1996]

2. [6 November 1996]

3. Examination, whether a person being nominated as a deputy candidate has not violated the requirements of Section 9, Clause 6 of this Law, shall be performed in accordance with the procedures specified in the Law on Storage, Use of documents of the State Security Committee of the Former USSR and Co-operation Fact Determination.

4. [6 November 1996]

5. [6 April 2000]

6. If two or several administrative territories are joined, then the City (Town) Councils and Municipality Councils elected in the joined administrative territories shall, until the current local government elections, establish a common decision-making body - City (Town) Council or Municipality Council - of all elected deputies.

7. The norms specified in this Law shall apply also to elections of a common decision-making body of joint administrative territories - a City (Town) Council or Municipality Council.

8. Regional local government Councils elected on 29 May 1994 shall continue to fulfil the functions provided for in laws and Cabinet regulations until a regional local government is reorganised in accordance with the procedures specified in laws, but not later than until 31 December 1997.

9. The Cabinet shall submit draft laws to the Saeima regarding reorganisation of a regional local government until 1 July 1997.

10. The Cabinet shall, until 31 December 2004, submit draft laws to the Saeima regarding amendments necessary in the relevant laws in order to ensure the fulfilment of provisions of Section 51 of this Law.

[17 February 1994; 6 November 1996; 6 December 1996; 11 November 2004]

11. From the day when an application regarding contestation of a decision of the relevant election commission of the municipality of 2009 regarding election results until the day when a decision regarding approval of the results of repeated elections comes into force, the work of a town, municipality or rural territory (or pagasts) local government shall, after 1 July 2009, be ensured by the present Town Council, Municipality Council or Rural Territory (or pagasts) Council in accordance with regulatory enactments regulating the operation of the municipality local government.

[2 October 2008]

12. From the day when an application regarding contestation of a decision of the relevant polling station commission of 2009 regarding approval of election results or a decision of the relevant election commission of the municipality regarding approval of election results of the Municipality Council until the day when the results of repeated voting come into force, the work of a town, municipality or rural territory (or pagasts) local government shall, after 1 July 2009, be ensured by the present Town Council, Municipality Council or Rural Territory (or pagasts) Council in accordance with regulatory enactments regulating the operation of the municipality local government.

[2 October 2008]

Informative Reference to European Union Directive

[11 November 2004]

This Law contains legal norms arising from the Council Directive 94/80/EC of 19 December 1994 laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections by citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals.

This Law shall come into force from the date of its proclamation.

This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on 13 January 1994.

President G. Ulmanis

Rīga, 25 January 1994

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2011 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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Issuer: Saeima Type: law Adoption: 13.01.1994.Entry into force: 25.01.1994.Theme:  Election; Local governments; Constitutional rightsPublication: Latvijas Vēstnesis, 10, 25.01.1994.; Latvijas Republikas Saeimas un Ministru Kabineta Ziņotājs, 3, 10.02.1994.
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