More than 1.5 million people today elect the composition of the Parliament (Saeima) of Latvia from candidates of 16 political parties, pending the results of the pro-Harmony and the vote of the undecided and of the residents abroad.
Harmony, created in 2010 by the fusion of other parties with Filorussian tendencies, has established itself as the most supportive formation in the polls (with 20% now compared with 17.2% in mid-September), which would amount to 24 of the 100 seats of the Saeima.
This party, with no prior government experience, is officially declared a Social Democrat and has recently broken relations with the United Russia party of President Vladimir Putin and won the support of Social Democratic leaders of Sweden and Germany.
For its part, Unity, the center-liberal party around which coalitions have been formed since 2010, comes divided and several parliamentarians have gone to the new Liberal Party, which may not exceed the 5% of the votes it allows. access the Parliament.
Another new element in the Latvian political scene is the party Who is the State (KPVLV), created in 2016 by the former actor and web discussion animator Artuss Kaimins, elected to the Saeima in 2014 by the opposition Latvian Regional Alliance.
The KPVLV obtained support of 6.2% in the polls in September, compared to 7% in July and 4.4% precedent after the arrest of its leader on suspicion of illegal party funding.
25.5% of voters said they were undecided in the last survey, held a few days ago.
According to the experts, the residents abroad could play a key role in the elections: there are 130.00 voters outside the country and all their votes will be counted in the Riga electoral district.
They also estimate that participation could exceed the 58% registered in 2014, as queues have formed in the schools qualified for advance voting.
The vote comes shortly before the centenary of the declaration of independence of this Baltic republic (November 18, 1918) of Russia.