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70.37% take part in the referendum

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1 087 284 of Latvian citizens or 70.37% of the total number of voters have taken part in the national referendum on whether to grant Russian the status of an official language, according to the Central Election Commission.

308 635 people or 75.54% of voters have participated in Riga; 292 292 or 71.42% in Vidzeme; 140 789 or 59.64% in Latgale; 144 756 or 70.74% in Kurzeme and 156 558 or 67.46% in Zemgale.

26 729 people or 49% of voters have voted abroad.

By 16:00, 221 524 people or 54.22% of voters had voted in Riga; 222 694 people or 54.41% in Vidzeme; 108 192 people or 45.83%  in Latgale; 111 610 people or 54.54% in Kurzeme; 119 528 people or 51.5% in Zemgale.

But by 12:00, 27% of Latvian citizens had voted: 24.75% in Riga; 29.6% in Vidzeme; 26.33% in Latgale; 30.45% in Kurzeme and 29.14% in Zemgale.

The turnout was especially high in the first few hours after the polls opened. The very first hour gathered 25 200 people or 1.63% of the total electorate.

During the first hour, 6 551 people or 1.6% voted in Riga; 7 648 or 1.87% in Vidzeme; 3 537 or 1.5% in Latgale, 3 501 or 1.71% in Kurzeme and 3 894 or 1.68% in Zemgale.

The turnout hits higher than last year, when Latvia held a referendum on the parliament dissolution. Back then, nearly 140 000 of citizens had paricipated by 12:00, informs LETA.

An unexpectedly high activity is also recorded in polling stations abroad. Latvians residing in London and Dublin have to line up to take part in the national vote.

BNN already reported, on 18 February 2012 Latvia is holding the referendum on the Draft Law “Amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia.”

It amends Article 4, 18, 21, 101 and 104 of the Constitution by adding the condition about Russian as the second official language and prescribing two working languages – Latvian and Russian for self-government institutions, according to the Central Election Commission.

Ref: 102.105/110.105/110.1041

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  1. Business says:

    Hope they all vote against!

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  2. Natasha says:

    No sorry I voted for and I hope we are going to win

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  3. ec says:

    The should be only one language in Latvia. Those russians who wote FOR are not loyal to the state!

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  4. davis says:

    Congratulation to all who voted this shows Latvians are truly one nation.
    again congratulation

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  5. Irwin says:

    Referendum is over .Tomorrow it will be business as usual and nothing would have changed the same problems to deal with.

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  6. Otto says:

    In a democratic system ( Or so called) everyone is free to express one opinion. Those who vote for must not be called traitors or not loyal.

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  7. stella says:

    voted FOR

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  8. Versace says:


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  9. Elton says:

    Welcome to the Latvian apartheid system

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