Signatures for referendum to make Russian second official language in Latvia near target but short

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

You can read about it here in English and here in Latvian. From what I understand a ballot initiative requires signatures of 10% of the voting public, after which it is voted on in Parliament, and if it doesn't pass there then it is brought up a final time as a national referendum. The most recent number of signatures as of 29 November is 130 678, which is 12 533 short of the necessary 154 379. I believe there is only a month to gather signatures, meaning that about 4000 were gathered per day, making the necessary amount somewhat difficult but still quite possible. We'll find out soon what the total is.

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