Amendments to the Law on Personal Identification Documents stipulate that the people of Latvia, who have expired on 1 March 2020, may nevertheless use these documents for the implementation of their fundamental rights within the State until 30 April 2023. In particular, citizens will be able to participate in the autumn 14. Saeima elections.
Amendments stipulate that the passport or eID card in Latvian residents in inland land they will be able to exercise their fundamental rights, such as the provision of services in the field of health, welfare, social, education, law enforcement, and participation in the Saeima elections. According to the Minister of the Interior Kristaps Eclons (AROUND)the reasons for the decision are the high demand for personal documents. By 1 October 2022, the period of validity will expire on 26 661 persons' supporting documents, at which point a new one has not yet been received, thereby depriving citizens of their obligation to participate in the elections.
The Decision provides:
• Persons with a passport and eID card expiring from 1 March 2020 will not be punished.
if an identity document of a citizen of Latvia, a non-citizen or stateless person issued in the Republic of Latvia – a passport or a personal certificate or an eID card – has expired, as from 1 March 2020, it will be able to be used for identification of the person until 30 April 2023.
a personal identification document may be used if it has not become invalid for any other reason – for example, the information entered in the document has been damaged or changed.
The passport or eID card, which has expired from 1 March 2020, will be considered as a valid identity document of the voter in the Saeima elections, which will be held on 1 October 2022. This year, an electronic electoral roll will be performed, which will make it possible to ascertain whether the person has already participated in the election.
On the Information of Citizenship and Migration Affairs