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Enough signatures are gathered to initiate a referendum on referendums

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The Greens’ and Farmers’ Union managed to collect the 34 necessary signatures of Saeima MPs with the help of Harmony Centre to initiate a national vote in relation to the amendments to the regulations governing the organization of referendums.

On July 26, the Saeima adopted amendments that notably complicate the process of signature gathering and gradually allow the adoption of additional signature collection mechanisms. The opposition is not happy about this and decided to collect signatures to stop the adoption of the amendments.

The Constitution states that the President is obligated to stop the adoption of a law for two months, if that is the wish of one third or at least 34 Saeima MPs. The opposition managed to collect the required number of signatures.

In case of this scenario, the law is offered to be voted on by the population, if requested by one tenth (around 15 000) of residents with right s to vote. This means that the Central Election Commission (CEC) will need to organize signature collection to initiate the referendum.

If the required number of signatures is not collected within the two months, the law is to be adopted.

Greens’ and Farmers’ Union deputy Dana Reizniece-Ozole noted that, so far, not one deputy of the ruling coalition has signed for this initiative. It is planned though to contact all Saeima factions once again to determine whether there are still some people that are willing to give their signatures.

Had the opposition failed to collect 34 signatures and if the President would have issued the amendments, they would have become in force on September 1.

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