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    Saeima Legal Affairs Committee supports amendments to Constitution on open presidential vote

    RIGA, June 12 (LETA) - Saeima Legal Affairs Committee today approved in principle amendments to the Constitution, proposed by Latvian Association of Regions, which stipulate that Saeima will elect the president of Latvia by open vote.

    Before the legislation is submitted to Saeima to be reviewed in the first reading, the Legal Affairs Committee wishes to find out other Saeima committees' opinion about the bill, the committee's chairman Gaidis Berzins (National Alliance) told LETA.

    As reported, this past May Saeima forwarded the bill to committees. The proposal was supported by 61 votes to four, while 21 lawmakers did not participate in the vote. The proposal was supported by coalition representatives – Unity and the National Alliance, while the majority of the Union of Greens and Farmers did not participate in the vote.

    In October last year, the Saeima Legal Affairs Committee supported the proposal on open presidential vote, but the committee also held a heated debate.

    More than 10,000 people signed in support of the initiative on public initiatives website submitted by Delna pro-transparency organization. In Latvia, the parliament has to consider public legislative initiatives, if they had been signed by more than 10,000 citizens.

    Those criticizing the proposal on the open vote say that an open vote would expose lawmakers to pressure from those willing to influence the election outcome. Lawmakers would have then to vote as the parliament faction decides.

    • Published: 12.06.2018 13:33
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