ElectionGudie

Oct. 3, 1998 Held

982,400
Voted
Latvia

Republic of Latvia

Election for Saeima (Latvian Parliament)

Results

69%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:982,400
Valid Votes:955,581
Invalid Votes:26,819

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

People's Party 24 203,585

21.30%

Latvia's Way 21 173,420

18.10%

Fatherland and Freedom Party / LNNK 17 140,773

14.70%

Harmony for Latvia 16 135,700

16.00%

Latvia's Social Democrat Alliance 14 123,056

14.00%

New Party 8 70,214

7.30%

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 100 seats in the Parliament (Saeima)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Vaira VIKE-FREIBERGA
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Aigars KALVITIS
  • Assembly: Latvia has a unicameral Parliament (Saeima) with 100 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by parliament to serve a 4-year term.
  • In the Parliament (Saeima) 100 members are elected by direct popular vote to serve 4-year terms.***

*** Political parties must obtain at least five percent of the national vote to gain representation in parliament.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: People's Party (TP)*
    • Leader: Andris SKELE
    • Seats won in this election: 24
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Latvia's Way (LC)
    • Leader: Andrejs PANTELEJEVS
    • Seats won in this election: 21
    • Seats won in last election: 17
  • Party: Fatherland and Freedom Party / LNNK (TB/LNNK)
    • Leader: Andrejs KRASTINS
    • Seats won in this election: 17
    • Seats won in last election: 14
  • Party: Harmony for Latvia (TSP)
    • Leader: Ernests JURKANS
    • Seats won in this election: 16
    • Seats won in last election: 6
  • Party: Latvia's Social Democrat Alliance (LSDA)
    • Leader: Juris BOJARS
    • Seats won in this election: 14
    • Seats won in last election: 5
  • Party: New Party (JP)******
    • Leader: Raimonds PAULS
    • Seats won in this election: 8
    • Seats won in last election: N/A

* The People's Party (TP) was formed after the last election.
****** The New Party (JP) ws formed after the last election.

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Parliamentary elections were last held on September 30-October 1, 1995.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,410,019 (1998)
  • Registered Voters: 1,341,942 (1998)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,300,645 (1998)

·         Is Latvia a signatory to CEDAW: N/A

·         Has Latvia ratified CEDAW: Yes, accession (14 April 1992)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 17 (following the 1998 elections)

·         Human Development Index Position: 46 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Latvia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (18 July 2008)

·         Has Latvia ratified CRPD: Yes (1 March 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 361,502 (est.)