ElectionGudie

Oct. 7, 2006 Held

907,460
Voted
Latvia

Republic of Latvia

Election for Saeima (Latvian Parliament)

Results

65%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:907,460
Valid Votes:907,460
Invalid Votes:0

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

People's Party 23 - 177,481

19.56%

Union of Greens and Farmers 18 - 151,595

16.71%

New Era Party 18 - 148,602

16.38%

Harmony Centre 17 - 130,887

14.42%

First Party of Latvia (LPP) and Latvian Way (LC) 10 - 77,869

8.58%

Other Parties - - 65,830

7.25%

For Fatherland and Freedom/Latvian National Independence Movement 8 - 62,989

6.94%

For Human Rights in Unified Latvia 6 - 54,684

6.03%

Latvian Social Democratic Workers’ Party - - 31,728

3.50%

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.

* The President is elected by indirect vote in the Parliament to serve a 4-year term for a maximum of two mandates.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by indirect vote 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.***

*** A threshold of 5% is required in order for a party to enter the parliament.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: People's Party (TP)
    • Leader: Atis SLAKTERIS
    • Seats won in this election: 23
    • Seats won in last election: 21
  • Party: Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS)
    • Leader: Augusts BRIGMANIS
    • Seats won in this election: 18
    • Seats won in last election: 12
  • Party: New Era Party (JL)
    • Leader: Karlis SADURSKIS
    • Seats won in this election: 18
    • Seats won in last election: 26
  • Alliance: Harmony Centre (SC)****
    • Leader: Nils USAKOVS
    • Seats won in this election: 17
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Coalition: First Party of Latvia (LPP) and Latvian Way (LC)*****
    • Leader: Ainars SLESERS (LPP) and Ivars GODMANIS (LC)
    • Seats won in this election: 10
    • Seats won in last election: 10
  • Party: For Fatherland and Freedom/Latvian National Independence Movement (TB/LNNK)
    • Leader: Janis STRAUME
    • Seats won in this election: 8
    • Seats won in last election: 7
  • Party: For Human Rights in Unified Latvia (PCTVL)
    • Leader: Tatjana ZDANOKA, Jakovs PLINERS
    • Seats won in this election: 6
    • Seats won in last election: 24

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,218,357 (2006)
  • Registered Voters: 1,490,636 (2006)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,202,476 (2006)

·         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: 19 (following the 2006 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: 332,753 (est.)