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Kuzins contests decision to halt signature drive for "non-citizen referendum" in Latvia

Alla Petrova, BC, Riga, 05.11.2012.Print version
Association Against Fascism leader Janis Kuzins has contested the Central Election Commission's decision to halt the signature drive for organization of the so-called "non-citizen referendum" in Administrative District Court today, as Kuzins informed LETA.

In his petition, Kuzins is asking the court to overturn the Election Commission's November 1 decision.


As reported, the Central Election Commission decided on November 1 that the second round of signature collection for staging the so-called "non-citizen referendum" would not be organized because the draft bill amending the Citizenship Law was not "formulated fully."


The other reasons why the referendum will not be held – the bill is not in line with Article 2 of the Constitution and the May 4 Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia. Also, the bill will increase the number of Latvia's citizens significantly and pose a threat to the principle of continuity of the State of Latvia.


Six commission members voted against the bill, while two members – Aleksandrs Malcevs representing Harmony Center and Ieva Gruzina representing the Reform Party – voted for continuing the referendum initiation procedure.


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