CEC_Law_2010.doc - Unofficial translation Modified by amendments adopted on 5 December 1996 14 May 1998 2 November 2000 13 June 2002 12 February 2004 6

CEC_Law_2010.doc - Unofficial translation Modified by...

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Unofficial translation Modified by amendments adopted on 5 December 1996, 14 May 1998, 2 November 2000, 13 June 2002, 12 February 2004, 6 April 2006, 15 May 2008, 17 July 2008, 12 December 2008, 1 December 2009 and 6 May 2010 The Saeima has adopted and the President of State has proclaimed the following law: Law on the Central Election Commission Chapter I PROCEDURE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION AND ITS MEMBERSHIP Article 1 Not later than six months after its convening, the Saeima shall establish a Central Election Commission as a permanently functioning public institution for the preparation and conducting of the Saeima elections, the European Parliament elections, City Council and Municipality Council elections, as well as a national referendum and initiation of legislation. Article 2 The Central Election Commission shall consist of nine members who are voters. The Saeima shall elect the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission and seven Commission members, and the Supreme Court, at its plenum, shall elect one Commission member from among the judges. Article 3 (1) The Saeima may recall a Central Election Commission member it has elected: 1) if at least 10 members of the Saeima request it; 2) if the Saeima has received a notice from a Central Election Commission member on his/her resignation from the Commission. (2) Only the Supreme Court may recall the Central Election Commission member it has elected. 1
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(3) If a Central Election Commission member resigns from the Commission, the Saeima or the Supreme Court shall elect another Commission member as appropriate. Chapter II OBLIGATIONS AND RIGHTS OF THE COMMISSION Article 4 (1) The Central Election Commission shall ensure that the Saeima Election Law, the Law on Elections to the European Parliament, the City Council and Municipality Council Election Law and the Law on National Referendum and Initiation of Legislation are uniformly and properly applied and strictly enforced. (2) In fulfilling its duties and exercising its rights, the Central Election Commission shall comply with the laws and regulations in force. Article 5 According to the powers granted to it by law and within the scope of its authority, the Central Election Commission shall take decisions and shall issue the required orders and instructions, which shall be published in the newspaper “ Latvijas Vēstnesis” . The decisions, orders and instructions shall take effect on the day of publication, and all election commissions, state and local government institutions and their officials shall abide by them. Article 6 The Central Election Commission shall: 1) determine the distribution of state-allocated financial resources among other election commissions; 2) see to it that state and local government institutions provide the election commissions with premises, transportation, communication facilities and other materials and technical resources; 3) determine what the ballot boxes must be like and provide samples of election documents; 4) set the procedure by which the minutes of election commission and other materials
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