Election commission drops Kazakhstan from voting sites

The Central Election Commission has deleted the Embassy of Latvia in Kazakhstan from the list of polling stations where citizens may vote in the July 7 national referendum.

The embassy, based in the Kazakh capital of Astana, is unable to guarantee operation during the referendum, the Rīga-based election commission announced in a June 12 press release. The decision to strike the embassy from the list came at the suggestion of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

That leaves 47 polling stations which will be open abroad for the July 7 referendum on revoking controversial amendments to two national security laws.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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