Republic of Latvia

1,911,108 12

Population (as of Feb. 8, 2019)

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Name Official Name Type
Latvian Parliament Saeima Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Raimonds VEJONIS
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Krisjanis KARINS
  • Assembly: Latvia has a unicameral Parliament (Saeima) with 100 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by parliament to serve a 4-year term.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the president with the approval of the parliament.
  • In the Parliament (Saeima) 100 members are elected through a flexible-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms[i]

[i] Every party has a separate ballot and electors are given as many ballots as there are parties contesting the race. When finished voting, electors place the ballot of their choice in an envelope to be deposited in the ballot box. Each party ballot contains a list of candidates predetermined by the party. Electors can accept the list order as presented or alter the list order to their preference. They may do this by both placing a "+" by the names of candidates they want to move up the list order, and by crossing out names that they would like to see be moved down the list order. The vote for each candidate is equal to the number of votes cast for the list, plus or minus specific votes. Those candidates with the highest totals are declared elected, up to the number of seats allotted to each list. If any candidate has been elected in this manner in more than one electoral region, he/she is considered elected in the region where most votes were obtained and the seat goes to the next highest candidate of the same list in the other region(s). Distribution of seats among them is based on the Saint-Lagüe method. A threshold of 5% is required in order for a party to enter the parliament.

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Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Latvian Parliament 1998-10-03 982,400 1,383,661 71.0%
Latvian Parliament 2002-10-05 997,754 1,395,287 71.51%
President 2003-06-20 88 100 88.0%
Referendum 2003-09-20 1,010,467 1,388,875 72.75%
Latvian Parliament 2006-10-07 907,460 1,388,875 65.34%
Latvian Parliament 2010-10-02 944,841 1,514,936 62.37%
Referendum 2011-07-23 689,823 1,542,193 44.73%
Latvian Parliament 2011-09-17 917,680 1,542,193 59.5%
Referendum 2012-02-18 1,098,593 1,544,920 71.11%
Latvian Parliament 2014-10-04 913,491 1,552,235 58.85%
Latvian Parliament 2018-10-06 844,925 1,548,100 54.58%
Latvian Parliament 2022-10-01 - - -

Voter Turnout