Electoral system for national legislature - Latvia

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Latvia
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Electoral system for national legislature
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Latvia, The Saeima Election Law [unofficial translation] May 25, 1995 (last amended 2014), accessed 10 October 2018

8. (1) The Central Election Commission shall determine the number of seats in the Saeima from each constituency in proportion to the number of voters in that constituency as stated four months before election day according to the data provided by the Population Register; if the Saeima elections take place according to Article 48 of the Constitution, the number of Members of the Saeima elected from each constituency is determined in proportion to the number of voters in that constituency on the day when the elections are announced. Voters residing abroad are included among voters of the Riga constituency.

(2) The number of Members of the Saeima elected from each constituency shall be calculated in the following way:

1) divide the total number of voters by 100;

2) divide the number of voters in each constituency by the number obtained from the division set forth in Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 2 of this Article. The whole numbers obtained in this way indicate the number of Members of the Saeima elected from each constituency;

3) if the sum of the whole numbers obtained from the division set forth in Subparagraph 2 of Paragraph 2 of this Article is less than 100, the number of seats in the Saeima shall be increased by one, first for the constituency where the result shows the largest fraction, then for the constituency with the next largest fraction, and so on until the sum of the whole numbers is 100;

4) if any two constituencies show an equal result in fractions, the number of seats in the Saeima shall be first increased for the constituency where the whole number of the result of the division according to Subparagraph 2 of Paragraph 2 of this Article is the smallest;

5) if any two constituencies show an equal result both in fractions and whole numbers, lots shall be drawn to determine which constituency will have an increased number of seats in the Saeima.

(3) The number of Members of the Saeima to be elected from each of the constituencies shall be published in the official publication Latvijas Vēstnesis not later than 100 days before election day; if the Saeima elections take place according to Article 48 of the Constitution, the announcement shall be published not later than 50 days before election day. (As amended by the 26 March 1998 Law and the 6 February 2014 Law)