RIGA - Saeima today passed in the final reading legislative amendments moving snap municipal elections in Riga to August 29, 2020.
Since the draft amendments proposed to the bill on the dissolution of Riga City Council were recognized as urgent the parliament adopted them in a shortened procedure. The Saeima Budget and Finance (Taxation) Committee, which is in charge of the legislation, decided that there was no need for its members to hold another meeting after the first reading of the amendments. The decision meant that no further proposals could be submitted ahead of the final reading.
Saeima passed the draft legislation in two readings, with 82 lawmakers supporting the bill in the final voting.
This is the second time Saeima decides to postpone the Riga elections. Originally, the elections were scheduled for April 25, but as the Covid-19 crisis broke out, the election date was moved to June 6.
Under the latest amendments to the bill on the dissolution of Riga City Council, which have been worked out by the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry and approved by the government, the municipal elections have been moved to August 29, although previously, coalition partners had agreed to set September 5 as the election date in Riga.
The Central Election Commission is now expected to announce the Riga elections on July 7.
As reported, Saeima voted to dissolve Riga City Council at the beginning of this year.
To contain the spread of Covid-19, a state of emergency, which involves a number of restrictions, has been declared in Latvia from March 13 to May 12.