5% of the total number of voters lost due to problems in the electoral system – News – News


According to Smiltene, voter participation is low this year, which could have a significant impact on the final outcome of the distribution of MEPs' mandates. This year's EP election activity would have been greater had there been no chaos in exchange and electronic voting information.

"We lost a lot of voters in the previous days because municipalities reported that 20 to 100 voters would be dissatisfied with each district because they could not vote for the reasons," Smiltene explained.

He added that "50 to 50" is his chance to be elected, as the LRA fights for the mandate of the last MEPs. "It's my added motivation to gain the opportunity to defend Latvia's interests compared to other anti-state counterparts," Smiltene said.

Mr Smilten pointed out that if he were to become a Member of the European Parliament, his aim would be to work with the European People's Party. As a second option, cooperation with any other political group of the EP in which Latvia is not represented is being considered, taking into account the third conservative group – the European Conservatives and Reformists.

But in an interview with Latvian Radio, after closing the polling stations, Edward Smilten said it happened [ar uzaicinājumu neizsūtīšanu vēlētājiem un iepriekšējās balsošanas kļūmēm] will be evaluated.

"We have to see the meaning of the lost interest," Smiltene said.

Andris Rubins, the leader of Latvian nationalists, emphasized that

The "Latvian nationalists" will go to the Central Election Commission (CEC) to request another election day. In his view, the legitimacy of the election is questionable, since many voters have not received the invitation to vote. The party complaints have already been written and sent to the CVK.

As reported, a total of 389,391 voters or 27.58% of the total number of voters voted in the EP elections until Saturday at 4pm, according to data from the Central Election Commission on 999 polling stations.

Of these, 231,134 voters or 16.37% of the total number of voters voted on Saturday.

This year's activity in EP elections has so far been superior to previous EP elections – the previous EP elections held in 2014 voted for a total of 23.81% of voters during the relevant period, including 6.84% of voters in previous elections and up to election day. 16.97% of voters voted at the age of 16.

A total of 1.412 million Latvian citizens can take part in the EP elections.


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