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CEC puts off non-citizen referendum issue for one month

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The Central Election Committee (CEC) decided to put off the review of the non-citizens referendum issue for one month on September 27.

During this time, the CEC hopes to receive additional conclusions from lawyers. The commission will turn to the Internal Affairs Ministry, ombudsman Juris Jansons and experts of international law.

According to the results of the inspection of the signatures submitted to the CEC by the For equal rights movement, 12 686 signatures are deemed authentic. This means that the ten thousand signatures that are necessary to initiate a referendum are collected, and the commission now has to make a decision on whether or not to initiate the second stage of signature collection.

For equal rights is proposing to introduce amendments to the Citizenship Law, according to which the Cabinet of Ministers will need to submit amendments to the Saeima before August 30, 2013. These amendments state that a non-citizen’s passport will be exchanged for free for a passport of a citizen of Latvia; amendments will also feature guidelines on the development of applications for the preservation of one’s non-citizen status and the order, according to which non-citizens will be receiving notifications that starting from January 1, 2014 those people are declared citizens of Latvia.

The necessity to put off the review of this issue was also supported by the signature collection organizers. According to the Chairman of CEC Arnis Cimdars, the commission’s next meeting could be held in the beginning of November. When asked whether the review will be put off again, Cimdars said he does not support meaningless term extensions.

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