Latvian parliamentary election, 1940

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Parliamentary elections were held in Latvia on 14 and 15 July 1940, alongside simultaneous elections in Estonia and Lithuania.[1] The elections followed the Soviet occupation of the three countries, and were rigged. The Communist Party of Latvia was legalised and renamed the "Working People's Bloc".[2] It was the sole permitted participant in the election, after an attempt to include the Democratic Bloc (an alliance of all now-banned Latvian parties except the Social Democratic Workers' Party) on the ballot failed.[3]

Along with its sister parliaments in Estonia and Lithuania, the newly elected People's Parliament convened on 21 July to declare the Latvian SSR, requesting admission to the Soviet Union on the same day. The request was approved by the Soviet government on 5 August.[4]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Latvian Working People's League 1,155,807 97.8 100
Against 25,516 2.2
Total 1,181,323 100 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,246,216 94.8
Source: My Riga

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romuald J. Misiunas & Rein Taagepera (1983) The Baltic States, Years of Dependence, 1940-1980, University of California Press, p25
  2. ^ Vincent E McHale (1983) Political parties of Europe, Greenwood Press, p450 ISBN 0-313-23804-9
  3. ^ Misiunas & Taagepera, p26
  4. ^ Misiunas & Taagepera, p28

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