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Delna: secret vote in presidential elections casts shadow over Latvia’s politics

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn four years’ time presidential elections should be held in an open vote, and amendments to the Constitution should be realized in time for that, believes Delna society for openness, urging Saeima deputies to make their decision in regard to the President based on national interests, not party or secret interests.

«Public debates with current presidential candidates and the involvement of society has made the pre-election period more open and constructive than ever before. Nevertheless, secret vote and the possibility of unknown candidates surfacing out of nowhere still cast shadow over Latvia’s politics, which is gripped in secret conspiracies and active ignoring of public opinion,» – comments Delna’s Director Gundars Jakovs.

According to him, every Saeima deputy should be able to justify his or her vote. Presidential elections must not be an exception. The President of Latvia is the only official appointed by the Saeima through a secret vote.

Election of other officials in the Saeima has become open since 2011.

«We are happy that the request voiced by Delna four years ago has been realized. One of the ten suggestions on how to return the stolen country was about electing high officials of the state through an open vote,» – said Jankovs.

Previously, during the era of secret votes, officials often voted against their initial promises. «This is why we believe the practice of open vote is useful and vital for Latvia in its current state. We hope the introduction of an open election of the President will only improve Latvia’s political culture,» – said Jankovs.

Deputies of Harmony, To Latvia from the Heart and Union of Greens and Farmers voted in favour of open presidential vote in February 2015.

«Soon manabalss.lv will have collected enough signatures in order to submit a social initiative to the Saeima. We call deputies to review their position on this matter and act in accordance with national interests in order to make presidential elections open in four years’ time,» – said Jankovs.

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