ElectionGudie

Oct. 5, 2002 Held

997,754
Voted
Latvia

Republic of Latvia

Election for Saeima (Latvian Parliament)

Results

71%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:997,754
Valid Votes:990,412
Invalid Votes:7,342

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

New Era 26 - 236,973

23.90%

Other - - 229,161

For Human Rights in a United Latvia 24 - 187,564

18.90%

People's Party 21 - 165,449

16.70%

Latvia First Party 10 - 94,833

9.60%

Green and Farmers Union 12 - 93,748

9.50%

Alliance Fatherland and Freedom 7 - 53,394

5.40%

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 Andris BERZINS
  • 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 through a party-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: New Era (JL)
    • Leader: Einars REPSE
    • Seats won in this election: 26
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: For Human Rights in a United Latvia (PCTVL)
    • Leader: Janis JURKANS, Tatiana ZHDANOK, and Alfreds RUBIKS
    • Seats won in this election: 24
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: People's Party (TP)
    • Leader: Andris SKELE
    • Seats won in this election: 21
    • Seats won in last election: 24
  • Party: Green and Farmers Union (ZZS)
    • Leader: Vilis KRISTOPANS and Ingrida UDRE
    • Seats won in this election: 12
    • Seats won in last election: 16
  • Party: Latvia First Party (LPP)
    • Leader: Eriks JEKABSONS
    • Seats won in this election: 10
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Alliance Fatherland and Freedom (TB-LNNK)
    • Leader: Maris GRIBLATS
    • Seats won in this election: 7
    • Seats won in last election: 15
  • Party: Other
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in this election: 0
    • Seats won in last election: N/A

Last Parliamentary election:

  • Elections for the Saeima were last held on October 3, 1998.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,310,173 (2002)
  • Registered Voters: 1,395,287 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,248,647 (2002)

·         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: 21 (following the 2002 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: 346,525 (est.)