"Pro-Latvia" parties together may get more votes in local elections in Riga than pro-Russia Harmony/GKR bloc

  • 2017-05-31
  • BNS/TBT Staff

RIGA - In the upcoming local elections in Riga, the "pro-Latvia" parties together may get more votes than the bloc of the pro-Russia Harmony party and Honor To Serve Riga (GKR) party, which rules the current Riga City Council, according to a public opinion poll by Nortstat.

The evening news program of TV3 commercial television reported today that the poll conducted two weeks before the local elections planned on June 3 showed that 41.2 percent of voters in Riga were willing to vote for the Harmony/GKR bloc but the five so-called pro-Latvia parties running in the local elections in Riga could get a total of 42.5 percent of votes.

The pro-Latvia parties include the joint ticket by the Latvian Alliance of Regions and For Latvia's Development party which might get 9.9 percent of votes in Riga, the National Alliance which is supported by 9.3 percent of voters, the New Conservative Party which is likely to get 8.9 percent of votes, the Unity party with 8.2 percent of votes and the Union of Greens and Farmers with 6.2 percent.

The support to those parties has increased by 2.85 percentage points compared to previous polls.

According to the latest poll, KPV LV party founded by eccentric Latvian MP Artuss Kaimins last year, stands no chance to win any seats in the Riga City Council as only 1.4 percent of respondents would vote for them.

However, roughly every tenth respondent has not yet made up his or her mind about which party would get their vote in the local elections that will take place this Saturday.