On September 23, Manuel Sánchez de Nogués and Lusine Badalyan, legal experts of the election observation mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), visited the Supreme Court of Latvia.

At the Supreme Court, the experts met with Veronika Krumiņa, the chair of the Department of Administrative Cases. The experts were interested in the competence of the Supreme Court in cases where decisions of the Central Election Commission are appealed in connection with the Saeima (parliament) elections, as well as in the experience of the Senate in examining such cases. The experts were also interested in the sufficiency of the Department's resources for ensuring the examination of election cases within the time-limit set by the law, as well as the possibility of the public to keep track of the proceedings. The chair of the Department of Administrative Cases informed the experts about the competence of the Department in cases related to the Saeima elections, when reviewing applications on the decisions of the Central Elections Commission which have been adopted on disputed minutes on counting of votes of the circuit commissions, on confirmation of results of the Saeima elections, and on the decisions adopted after evaluation of the influence of a judgement of conviction adopted in a criminal case on violation of voting rights to division of mandates. Veronika Krūmiņa also shared the Department's experience in handling this type of cases, and spoke about specific examples of cases.

The aim of the mission is to evaluate the procedure of the 14th Saeima elections, analyzing the compliance with OSCE obligations and other international obligations and standards for democratic elections, as well as the compliance with national laws and regulations. By conducting the necessary evaluation and collecting information from state institutions, the OSCE will publish a report on the evaluation of the Saeima elections procedure, providing recommendations for the necessary improvements.

The OSCE is an organization of 57 countries that aims to prevent conflicts with the so-called assistance of rapid response instruments, crisis resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation in the European continent. The organization's focus is put on political-military, economic, environmental and human security issues.

 

Information prepared by Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court

E-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv; telephone: +371 67020396