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Seven previously convicted candidates crossed from Saeima election lists

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Friday, 17 August, the Central Election Commission decided to cross out seven previously convicted deputy candidates. The decision regarding one more candidate has been postponed until the next meeting, as confirmed by the commission.

Two candidates from Rīcības party’s list (Aivars Zablockis and Nikolajs Žeļezņakovs) as well as two candidates from Alternative Party (Zigfrīds Laicāns and Valdis Taupmanis) have been crossed from the lists.

Start in elections has also been denied to Latvian Association of Regions candidate Edgars Krūmiņš, Progressive party’s representative Katrīna Brandala and Latvian Centrist Party candidate Aivars Silinieks.

CEC has also decided to exclude For Latvia from the Heart candidate Jevgēnijs Sadovskis from the election list. During the decision-making process, it was necessary to call a break, during which members of the commission contacted Interior Affairs Ministry’s Information Centre, because, according to Sadovskis, his criminal record had been wiped prior to this and the Information Centre lacked the latest information about this.

Because no response was received from the information centre, this candidate’s possible crossing from the lists has been postponed until the 21 August meeting of the CEC.

The CEC has nonetheless received information from the Information Centre regarding multiple candidates who do not meet specified requirements to participate in Saeima elections as candidate. This is why members of the commission have to decide on their exclusion from election lists.

Brandala, Krūmiņš, Silinieks and Žeļezņakovs were excluded from candidate lists based on Point 3 of Section 5 of the Saeima Election Law. This restriction states that persons with prior criminal record, rehabilitated persons and persons whose criminal record has been wiped or removed are not allowed to apply as candidates for Saeima elections.

Zablockis, Taupmanis and Laicāns will not be able to start in elections because of Point 4 of Section 5 of this law. This particular section states that persons who were at the time of committing a crime in a state of affect or were diagnosed with psychological disorders and were unable to account for their actions are not allowed to start in elections.

Latvian Centre for the Documentation of the Consequences of Totalitarianism has informed CEC that four more candidates – Romualds Maculevičs (For Latvia from the Heart), Artūrs Malta (Alternative party), Juris Strušels (LSDSP/KDS/GKL) and Arvīds Ulme (UGF) – may have been agents of KGB in the past. Participation in elections has not been denied to them, but information regarding their past ties should be mentioned in their bio.

Malta, Strušels and Ulme denied serving as KGB agents. Maculevičs did not answer his phone on Thursday, 16 August, and so it was impossible to contact him.

CEC plans to make its decision in regards to Latvian Russian Union candidate Tatyana Zhdanok next week. Zhdanok worked in the Communist Party after 13 January 1991, because of that she is not allowed to become a Saeima candidate. Once information from Security Police and Constitution Protection Bureau has been reviewed the decision will be made.


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