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Latvian residents skeptical about the opportunity to influence government

Latvia's population is sure that the protests are likely to reach their preferred government decision-making, since last year has been reduced, shows public opinion research center SKDS July survey results.

Slightly less than half of Latvia's population (47%) believes that by participating in the protests are likely to influence government decision-making (in November last year - 55%). Equally large population (47%) believe that participation in the protest did not affect the (November last year - 37%). However, fully agrees with the possibility to influence the government to only 14% of the population, completely disagree - 15%.

Confident about the possibility of industrial action to influence the Government had people from 18 to 24 years of age and fewer older people. Confident about the possibilities influences the Government had also contributors to secondary education, less - Respondents with higher education. Less confident about the possibility of industrial action to influence government decisions was the Russian residents of Latvia, and were skeptical of those living in rural areas.

SKDS director Arnis Kaktiņš Day said that is an interesting activity in the population growth in November 2007, resigned as a result Aigars Kalvitis (TA) to the government. "It left quite an impression on public opinion, the later is already more than half the population expressed the view that industrial action is meaningful," said A. Kaktiņš. Although the then 'optimism had low ", sociologist, believes that there is more than in the period from 2002. until 2007.

SKDS director, however, predicted that "it is unlikely that the August 2008 referendum on constitutional amendments could raise people's beliefs about whether such activities are meaningful." A. Kaktiņš this idea is justified by the fact that the referendum was not achieved "tangible results". He also added that the inactivity of one's fault it is based on the "tangible results" achieved by the protests may be fairly rare, the practice only in exceptional cases, as was the summer of 2007. In his words, the protests in Latvia already low and they are usually more quiet and inconclusive. " "If not even the modicum which failed to materialize, the question arises - where it makes sense," said A. Kaktiņš.

Also, the Baltic Institute of Social Sciences, Director, Brigita Zepa sociologist believes that the confidence that the company can achieve something, it is dependent on experience. "People need confidence in a positive experience, 'says B. Zepa. In her words, "umbrella revolution" was forced to depart the government, however, the further operation of the public were not satisfied, in fact, the new government continued the previous rate. "It is quite logical that does not produce a positive experience," said B. Zepa. She also pointed out that eleven years ago - in 1997's survey - only about 20% of people believed that with the active participation in the protest can achieve something. Sociologist believes that it Latvia gone towards the deepening of democracy and civil society - the possibility of identifying the direction.

In turn, A. Kaktiņš pointed out that since 2000, people's confidence about the possibility of influencing the government, participating in protests, constantly decreased, and in mid-2006, only every third resident of Latvia was convinced of the effectiveness of the protests.

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The lot violations parliamentary elections

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (hereinafter - CPCB) has completed a political party's election 9.Saeimas country. 9.Saeimas and 2006 elections were very important political organizations (parties) in ensuring the legality of financial activities.

On the one hand the people have committed a democratic choice, and agreed on the adoption of a legislative framework that provides for strict restrictions on the financing of political parties and the responsibility for these infringements. On the other hand KNAB has the obligation to monitor whether the parties have been the actual conduct appropriate legal requirements. Political organizations (parties), the funding of statutory restrictions aimed at providing opportunities for the parties agreed to the conditions for the implementation of the campaign and will influence voters. Parliamentary democracy is the system to obey the law provides a legitimate expectation that all parties have equal opportunities and do not derive any benefits that are not available to others.

The inspection has found that several political parties have failed to meet legal requirements. Major irregularities found:

Upon completion of testing in connection with the observance of the legality of the 2006 parliamentary elections, KNAB give an overview of the irregularities detected and measures taken to overcome them. Of the 19 parties and associations, which participated in parliamentary elections in 2006:

  • 7 Party held administrative responsibility for the political party funding rules violation, including 5 lots - even on election expenditure size restrictions for non-imposing fines on a total of 12 650 lats;
  • 5 that the lot or associations exceeded election expense limits for a total of 941 492.32 lats;
  • have concluded that the declarations submitted by parties not specified in the election campaign-related spending of 1 130 170.49 lats.

Eight political parties in the election's revenue and expenditure statement to the information referred to a finding of non statutory requirements. They are the party of Maras Land "lot" Everything for Latvia "lot" of our land ", Party of the Homeland Union, Party of the National Power Union" lot "Eiroskeptiķi" lot "New Democrats" and the Party of Pensioners and Seniors.

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Political parties received donations

The trend shows that the largest donation received by the parties directly before the upcoming elections. But the issue remains, how can an uncontrolled donations lots of similar arrangements?

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Restrictions on party funding

  • not authorized entities donations;
  • natural persons may donate funds, derived from earnings during the previous three calendar years and for which information is the State Revenue Service (SRS), or who do not declare the law on personal income tax "in the order;
  • donations, an amount of 100 lats, is to be transferred lot number;
  • banned anonymous donation. When receiving an anonymous donation, it must be paid within five days of the national budget;
  • Party finance prohibits persons who have convictions (persons convicted of an intentional crime against property, such as an intentional crime economy, as an intentional crime and public service institutions in convictions is not deleted or removed, except reabilitētās party), and former KGB staff, freelance staff and informers;
  • lots forbidden to take loans, grant loans and guarantees;
  • donations are not allowed to use other people gifts or loans;
  • All donations directly, and must face a lot;
  • Party prohibits the financing of the third-party mediation.

Party financing by third-party mediation is a situation where, through their own personal interests to finance parties, a person uses another person's identity or transfer money to another person who donate a lot.

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