About data base

OBJECTIVES OF THE DATA BASE

Elections are the moment when voters can assess the work of politicians and decide to which political party and candidate they want to delegate the power in the next European Parliament, Saeima or local government.

For the first time this web site was created before the elections of 10th Saeima, and it was also updated and available before the early elections of 11th Saeima. This data base was one of the information sources to voters that reminded about the major corruption-related events, as well as about the previous activities of the candidates worth to remember, know or consider before going to the polling station.

The mission of this data base is to promote intolerance against corruption as well as to facilitate accountability of politicians and electorate. The data base has three objectives in order to achieve it:

To refresh the memory of the electorate

Public opinion surveys and studies about the voters’ memory show that average voter remembers important political facts and governmental decisions for a short period, according to the German survey – for about 3 months.  Those politically interested, make it six months, hardly ever any longer. Therefore public memory becomes an important factor that helps unfair politicians to stay in their office or to be re-elected.

Previous elections to the European Parliament (EP), together with the local elections, took place five years ago - in June 2009. This was the time of economic crisis in Latvia. During those five years the EP has taken many decisions that directly influence Latvia, because its powers has greatly extended since Lisbon Treaty came into force in the previous EP period.

This web site will be an assistant to those, who want to remember events, decisions and activities of politicians, who, in the last years, directly or indirectly have committed violations in the field of ethics, good governance, conflict of interest and corruption, and other offences worth knowing.

To promote the accountability of the electorate

It is well known that political parties and state authority traditionally enjoy low public trust.

Upon initiative of the President, a referendum was held on 23 July 2011, which dissolved the Saeima elected less than a year ago. Early elections of 11th Saeima was the moment, when voters had to make a decision of special importance in order to achieve high quality changes in the political arena.

According to the Eurobarometer survey of 2013, 75% of population do not trust national government, 79% - national parliament, but 90% do not trust political parties. 

However trust to the European Union (EU) and its institutions is on average higher than to the national authority. All in all 45% of Latvian population do not trust the EU, and 40% - the EP. 

It is worth mentioning that the EP is the only EU institution elected directly and represents interests of the population of the member states. Moreover, since Lisbon Treaty came into force powers of the EP has increased. EP Information Bureau in Latvia has calculated that directives and regulations accepted by the EP, together with the Council of the European Union, affects approximately 80% of Latvian legislation.

Delna believes that every voter should participate in the elections and do it with a high responsibility, analysing his/her decision in order to make an accountable and informed choice. Delna suggests to analyse party pre-election programmes and suitability for the position of a parliamentarian, instead of trusting only pre-election promises.

To promote accountability of the political parties

Delna believes that previous activities, methods used and principles applied of the parties and their candidates, gives a notion of how parties will act after elections.

With this web site we want to encourage parties to assess the activities and reputation of the candidates they nominate for the elections.

Parties and candidates will have an opportunity to comment their activities listed in this web page by using section of comments or by getting in touch with Delna.

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Last changes 05.05.2014

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