On the first day of the early elections in Riga, 20,383 or 4.82% of the residents eligible to vote used the option and cast their votes ahead of time, according to the Central Election Commission (CVK). In the 2017 local elections, the right to vote early on the first day of the early elections was exercised by 20,084, or 4.71%, which is 0.11 percentage points less by comparison. Activity was highest at the Vecāķi station, where 1,316 voters were registered. 138 or 10.49% cast their votes on the first day of the early elections. Similar activity was observed in the Teika micro-district 84th polling site at Riga’s Teika secondary school, where 229 or 8.39% of the 2,729 voters registered there decided to vote on the first day of the early elections. At the 82nd polling place in Teika, which is located in the house of the non-governmental organizations, 186 or 8.79% of the registered 2,116 voters took part in early elections. A high level of activity was also observed in Bieriņi – 221 or 7.72% of the registered voters came to the 121st polling place in the Riga English High School. More than 7% of the residents eligible to vote came to the Riga Congress Hall, Riga J. Poruks Secondary School, VEF Castle of Culture and the polling stations of the 1st Medical College of the University of Latvia. The lowest voter activity was observed in Daugavgriva’s 8th electoral site in Riga Daugavgriva Secondary School, as 49 or 2.21% of the 2,221 registered voters came on the first day of the early elections. Given that at least 100 voters cast their votes at each voting place registered for the Riga City Council early elections, overall activity was high on the first day of the early elections, says Juris Kokins, chairman of the Riga Electoral Commission. He admits that immediately after the polling stations opened, the situation was at its most tense, with a large influx of voters. According to Kokins, polling station workers have experienced some nervous situations as there have been conflicts with some voters who wanted to switch polling stations but were unwilling to wait for data to be exchanged between polling stations. The option to vote early remains on Thursday, August 27th (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and Friday, August 28th (12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). On election day, August 29, the polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Citizens of Latvia and other Member States of the European Union under the age of 18, whose residence is registered in the Riga administrative area at least 90 days before the election day and who have registered for election by August 15, have the right to participate in the elections to the city council from Riga to participate. Also Read: KNAB Recalls – No Political Promotion Printed Press Was Published This Week. 15 lists of candidates with a total of 707 candidates were submitted for the elections to the Riga City Council. If certain requirements were not complied with, a total of 11 candidates were removed from the lists. According to the Office for Citizenship and Migration (PLMP), between July 30 and August 15, 5 273 voters changed their polling places for early elections to the Riga City Council. If Latvia plans to hold general local elections in 2021, no elections will be organized in Riga. In accordance with the Electoral Law of the City Council of the Republic and the Municipal Council, the term of office of the newly elected Riga City Council will be the remaining term of the previous Riga City Council plus four years.