OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights mission's report on Latvian parliamentary elections of 2018. Recommendations to be found at the end
“Harmony” – 19.8 %, 23 seats (3,2 %, 1 seat down from 2014) “We shall introduce trilingual education”=”Ieviesīsim trilingvālu izglītību” https://sv2018.cvk.lv/pub/CandidateLists/CandidateList?id=ZTTi%2BonHCl%2BU6o9Y9odlVw%3D%3D New Conservative Party – 13.6 %, 16 seats (12.9 %, 16 seats up from 2014) “The language of instruction in state-owned and municipality-owned educational insitutions [shall be] the official language”=”Valsts un pašvaldību finansētajās mācību … Continue reading "Party election results and programmes (excerpts on minorities), 2018"
VIII. CANDIDATE RIGHTS AND REGISTRATION (..) Notwithstanding the narrowed scope, further review of lustration provisions should be undertaken (..) In a positive development, candidates were no longer required to submit a self-assessment of their proficiency in the Latvian language. Instead, candidates had to sign a declaration confirming their eligibility, including that their knowledge of the Latvian language was … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2014"
VI. CANDIDATE REGISTRATION In addition to restrictions to participate in elections as an independent candidate, people declared incompetent by a court decision, those serving prison terms, and persons sentenced for intentionally committed crime, but whose sentence has not yet been expunged, cannot run for elections. In addition, people subject to lustration provisions are prohibited to … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2011"
III. POLITICAL CONTEXT (..) Politics continue to be divided broadly along linguistic lines, between parties perceived as representing Latvian speakers and the country’s considerable Russian-speaking population,2 although some contenders try to appeal to speakers of both languages. Footnote 2 References to Latvian and Russian speakers relate to the first language of the persons concerned. See also the section … Continue reading "ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission Final Report (excerpts), 2010"