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    ECHR rejects Lembergs' complaint about alleged violation of election rights

    RIGA, Oct 11 (LETA) - The European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) panel of three judges on Thursday released a ruling in Lembergs v. Latvia case, unanimously rejecting Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs (For Latvia and Ventspils) complaint about an alleged violation of election rights, LETA was told at the Latvian Foreign Ministry.

    In his application, submitted to the ECHR on August 22, 2017, Lembergs, referring to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, complained that was banned from holding the office of Ventspils mayor. The applicant argued that voters had expressed their will by electing him to the Ventspils city council and public opinion polls suggested that the electorate wanted to him chair the city council.

    However, the ban on holding the mayoral office which was imposed on Lembergs as a restrictive measure, prevented his reelection as Ventspils mayor. Lembergs maintains that the ban violates his rights to get elected.

    While hearing Lembergs’ complaint, the ECHR committee noted that the election rights provision of the European human rights convention only applies to elections of legislative bodies, i.e., national parliaments, but not local authorities.

    Since local authorities in Latvia do not perform legislative functions the court concluded that the convention’s election rights provisions cannot be applied to Lembergs' complaint and that it cannot be accepted for hearing in ECHR.

    • Published: 11.10.2018 17:15
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