22/07/2011

Local Latvians Urged To Vote In Referendum

Irish Latvians are going to the polls this weekend to cast their vote in a national plebiscite.

The Honorary Northern Ireland Consulate of Latvia - based in Newry - has been asked by the Embassy of Latvia in London to host the national referendum.

The aim to ensure that Latvian citizens in Northern Ireland and in the border counties of the Republic of Ireland, are made aware of their opportunity to vote in Newry.

The referendum is on the dissolution of the Latvian Parliament was announced by the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Latvia, as ordered by President Valdis Zatlers on 28th May.
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All Latvian citizens are encouraged to participate in this Referendum, which will mark a significant change in the country’s political and economic development.

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Latvia, Dr Gerard O'Hare, who is Managing Director of Parker Green International, said: "It is a great honour for us here in Newry to be charged with the responsibility of hosting the referendum for Latvian citizens here in Northern Ireland.

"This referendum will have a major impact on the political landscape in Latvia and we appreciate the opportunity to assist the Latvian community in Northern Ireland to participate," he said.

It will take place at the official polling at Drumalane Mill, The Quays, Newry from 7am to 10pm tomorrow, (Saturday).

In order to participate in the Referendum Latvian citizens with the right to vote must be over 18 years old and present a valid Latvian passport at the polling station.

(BMcC/GK)

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