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Thursday, 26.05.2016, 19:27
Latvian Unity wins four seats in EP
Four other parties will obtain European Parliament mandate – All for Latvia!-For Fatherland and Freedom/LNNK, Harmony, the Union of Greens and Farmers and the Latvian Union of Russians.
Therefore, Unity's representatives in the EP will be ex-Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and former Defense Minister Artis Pabriks, as well as the current MEPs Sandra Kalniete and Krisjanis Karins. Harmony's representative in the EP will probably be journalist Andrejs Mamikins, Greens/Farmers – Saeima member Iveta Grigule, VL-TB/LNNK – the current MEP Roberts Zile, and the Russians' Union – the current MEP Tatjana Zdanoka.
As reported, after counting all of the votes in the European Parliament elections in Latvia, Unity has won the European Parliament elections.
LETA has information that, with all of the vote counted, Unity has taken about 46.19% of the vote, VL-TB/LNNK – about 14.25%, Harmony – 13.04%, Greens/Farmers – 8.26%, Union of Russians – about 6.38% of the vote.
No other party has exceeded the 5% threshold to be voted into the European Parliament.
Overall, 445,225 voters participated in the EP elections in Latvia.
Earlier reported, 442,249 citizens or 30.03% of eligible voters in the country participated in the 2014 European Parliament elections in Latvia, according to the Central Election Commission's data.
The highest voter turnout was registered in Riga, where 145,751 people or 35.22% of voters participated in the elections, whereas Latgale recorded the lowest voter turnout with 53,264 or 23.41% of voters participating in the elections.
In Zemgale, 60,559 voters (26.7% of all eligible voters) went to the polls, in Kurzeme – 55,127 voters (27.59%), and in Vidzeme – 127,548 voters (31.66%).
In the town of Ikskile, voter turnout was the highest – 41.32%, followed by 40.88% in Carnikava Region and 37.67% in Marupe Region. On the other hand, only 19.89% went to vote in Dagda Region, 20.19% in Rezekne Region and 20.8% in Daugavpils Region.
6.84% of voters used the early voting opportunity.
In the 2009 EP elections, which were held at the same time as the local government elections, voter turnout was 53.69%. Voter turnout for the first EP elections in Latvia in 2004 was 41.34%.