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Sipeniece-Gavare: problem - we are too naive

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A video clip circulating around on the Internet – Let’s vote for smart Latvia (Latvian: Balsojam par gudru Latviju) wonders why people vote for lies and urges to vote for smarter Latvia. “This clip is no advertising of a particular politic party. It is rather a call to see what we are voting for,” Baiba Sipeniece-Gavare, one of the project’s supporters, told the news portal BNN.

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Baiba Sipeniece Gavare

She believes that voters are still being very naive, especially outside Riga. “People approach me and ask whom to vote for. But I cannot take such a responsibility and say that. I am not a member of any party and, hopefully, it will stay like that forever,” says Sipeniece-Gavare, TV and radio host.

According to her, Latvians are too naive and it is after all too naive to hope that liars will stop lying. She points out that usually it is on the contrary – they grow even more cynical. “Many advertising campaigns target exactly naive people.”

Sipeniece-Gavare indicates that the video clip urges people to think carefully and not trust pledges, but rather compare the previous performance of politic parties.

“Voters need to be knowledgeable and clever. They need to vote for people they can more or less trust, not for those in criminal proceedings,” she says.

Asked for her forecasts on the possible outcome of the 11th Saeima elections, she points out that the Russian speaking community will show solidarity and Harmony Center will get many seats in the parliament, while Latvian voters choice will be most fragmented.

“I expect surprises. Kurzeme will be left with nothing but to vote for Greens and Farmers Union. Vidzeme will be divided over Unity, All for Latvia!-TB/LNNK and Zatlers Reform Party,” Sipeniece-Gavare says.

She believes that votes of the naive part of the society will play a role as well, becuase they will have fallen for pre-election pledges.

“We are very different here in Latvia. Some trust their hearts, some – their brain, while others do not think at all. I am not optimistic about this,” she adds.


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