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Opinion: Daugavpils City Council doesn’t want emergency elections; to agree on new mayor

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUDaugavpils City Council deputies Rihards Eigims and Andrejs Elksniņš are afraid of voters’ opinion in regards to emergency elections. Because of that, they will agree on the next mayoral candidate at the 17 January meeting, said Latgale party representative Jānis Lāčplēsis.

Deputy and former mayor claims his represented political party is not involved in talks regarding the new mayoral candidate, because it is «Eigims’ and Elksniņš’s affair».

«Latgale party believes the right decision would be organization of emergency elections, but they [Eigims and Elksniņš] fair voters’ opinion. Because of that, they intend to reach an agreement,» says Lāčplēsis.

He comments that Latgale party was ready to engage in talks with other deputies regarding city development matters. However, other politicians only wanted to discuss division of posts. This is why, according to the deputy, the situation in the city council will not change regardless if a new chairman is elected on Thursday, because corruption and illegalities will continue. This is why the only solution is emergency elections.

Elksniņš claims only Harmony insists on emergency elections. He also claims the party has no support in this matter. The deputy reminds that the political party is prepared to take charge over the city.

He did not comment if he is a possible candidate for the post. He claims Harmony has no agreement standing with Eigims’ party. Elksniņš did not hide that he would become mayor if Harmony picks him. He did not say, however, if there are any plans to actually do this.

Līvija Jankovska refused to provide more comments on this Thursday’s mayoral elections. In November, she supported no-confidence vote towards Eigims. She admits that «there are estimates about candidate», but she did not provide more detailed information, saying that more information will be reported once deputies have reached an agreement on the new mayor.

Jankovska mentioned there is a candidate she is prepared to vote for. She mentions this candidate is independent, because the city council already has major players – six deputies of Latgale party, five Harmony deputies and three deputies of Mūsu partija. She also considers herself an independent deputy.

Eigims previously said there are a lot of matters to discuss. However, the final decision on the mayoral candidate has been made as of yet. Eigims did not say if Elksniņš is a potential candidate, adding that there are fifteen deputies in the city council and all of them are potential candidates.

Elksniņš, who, until now, was in favour of emergency elections, refused to comment on this matter. The deputy did mention that the impossibility of emergency elections so far was ensured by the objection other political parties in the city council.

He also reminded that Harmony is prepared to take charge over Daugavpils City Council.

The matter on election of a new mayor was included on the agenda of the council’s meeting set to take place on Thursday, 17 January.

Last week, Environment Protection and Regional Development ministry issued a reminder for Daugavpils City Council to comply with the terms set for the election of a new mayor.


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