ElectionGudie

Sept. 20, 2003 Held

1,010,467
Voted
Latvia

Republic of Latvia

Referendum

Results

72%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:1,010,467
Valid Votes:1,002,680
Invalid Votes:7,787

Provisions

The referendum asked voters: "Do you support the membership of Latvia in the European Union?"

Yes676,700

67.49

No325,980

32.51

More Info:

At stake in this Referendum:

  • This referendum asked voters whether Latvia should seek membership to join the European Union (EU).

Description of government structure:

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

Main provisions in the Referendum:

  • Referendum on Latvia's entry into the European Union The referendum asked voters: "Do you support the membership of Latvia in the European Union?"

Electoral requirement:

  • In order for the referendum to be valid, the number of voters had to be at least 1/2 of the number that voted in the 2002 parliamentary election.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,366,515 (July 2002 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 1,388,875 ( 2002 approx.)

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 2,287,955 (2003)
  • Registered Voters: 1,395,287 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 1,237,490 (2003)

·         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: 343,193 (est.)