Government supports postponing emergency Riga elections until June 6

  • 2020-03-17
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The Cabinet of Ministers today approved the proposal of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development to postpone Riga City Council elections on June 6 this year in connection with the coronavirus outbreak.

Given the state of emergency and the ban on public events, in the interest of public health and to reduce the risk of the further spread of Covid-19, the ministry has proposed to postpone the Riga City Council emergency elections from April to June this year.

The ministry listed a number of arguments as to why the emergency elections should be postponed. The first argument is that the World Health Organization has estimated that Covid-19 has reached pandemic proportions, which was followed by a decision by the Cabinet of Ministers to declare a state of emergency in the country and banning public events.

The ministry emphasizes that the majority of Riga polling stations are located in schools and other public buildings. About 1,700 staff are involved in the organizing of elections and it is impossible to avoid mutual contact during the election process. Thus, to reduce the risk of further spread of Covid-19, the government was encouraged to postpone the date of the emergency elections.