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Saeima of the Republic of Latvia

The Saeima Election Law

Adopted on 25.05.1995

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Article 5 Persons are not to be included in the candidate lists and are not eligible to the Saeima if they:

1) have been legally qualified as incapacitated;

2) are serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penitentiary;

3) have been convicted for a deliberately comitting a crime punishable in Latvia at the time this Law is enforced and whose previous convictions have not been expunged or overturned, except persons who have been rehabilitated;

4) have committed a crime in an irresponsible state or have become mentally ill after committing the crime and incapable of taking conscious action or controlling it and as a result have been subjected to compulsory medication, or when the case has been dismissed without applying such a coercive measure;

5) belong or have belonged to the salaried staff of the USSR, Latvian SSR or foreign state security, intelligence or counterintelligence services;

6) after January 13, 1991 have been active in CPSU (CP of Latvia), Working People’s International Front of the Latvian SSR, the United Board of Working Bodies; Organization of War and Labor Veterans; All-Latvia Salvation Committee or its regional committees;

7) have not mastered the national language to the highest (third) level of competence.

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Article 11 The following documents shall be attached to the list of candidates:

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4) other data concerning the candidate and confirmed by his/her signature:

a) name, surname, year of birth, sex, ethnicity;

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5) if the nominated candidate has not completed a school with the Latvian language of instruction or a Latvian language stream of a two-language school with the Latvian language of instruction, he/she shall submit a copy of the document certified by a notary and indicating the third level of national language skills.

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Article 13 (1) Lists of candidates complying with the provisions of this Law are registered by the Central Election Commission.

(2) The lists of candidates that have been registered may not be revoked, and amendments may only be made by the Central Election Commission in any of the following ways:

1) by deleting the name of a nominated candidate, if:

a) the candidate is not a legitimate citizen of Latvia (Articles 4 and 5);

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(3) In the cases envisaged by subparagraphs "a" and "d" of paragraph 1 of this article, the Commission shall strike off the candidate on the basis of document issued by the corresponding institution or of court verdict. That the candidate:

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7) is not proficient in the State language in accordance with the highest (third) knowledge level of the State language, - is certified by document issued by the State Language Center

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This Law comes into force on the day following its promulgation.

This Law has been adopted by the Saeima on May 25, 1995.

The President of State

G.Ulmanis
Riga, June 6, 1995

For purposes of interpretation, the original Latvian text is to be regarded as official.


Source: Unofficial translation


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