The debate on whether the members of the Saeima necessarily need higher education has not yet subsided. For the time being, any citizen of Latvia who is over 21 years old on election day has the right to run in elections, unless he is subject to one of the restrictions defined in the Saeima election law, but higher education is not required.
At the same time, the electoral system provides voters with the opportunity to express their support or opposition to specific parliamentary candidates. It is already possible for every Internet user to get acquainted with news about the education of candidates for deputies on the website of the Central Election Commission. On the other hand, on the election day, voters who believe that there is a place in the Saeima only for those people who can be proud of a university diploma, can put a cross in the list of candidates of the chosen party for candidates who have a higher education and cross out those who do not. However, when thinking about what kind of people, regardless of their political affiliation, have a place in the Saeima, it is worth considering that being a deputy is a job of preparing laws that requires patience and concentration. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have already experienced tragicomic situations, such as the infamous ban on the sale of socks and annual planners in stores. Most likely, the strange restrictions would not have been accepted if the 13th Saeima had a stronger understanding of how the wording of the regulatory framework actually affects the everyday life of the citizens.
Of course, the orator’s talent, the firmness of character not to succumb to the pressure of any lobbyist of their interests, and at the same time the ability to understand that the ability to cooperate is important in politics are also important for MPs, however, those people who have no experience in working with documents may turn out to be poorly suited for the post of MP, even if they have higher education.
It cannot be denied that there are always exceptions, and this, the 13th Saeima, is also famous for a politician elected in it, whose education theoretically seems appropriate for an ideal, hard-working member of parliament, but who gains attention mainly with an ostentatious desire to draw attention to his personality. There are also opposite examples, when deputies whose education is not dazzling prove themselves as serious politicians.
Voting in the elections is the recruitment of MP candidates in the Saeima, and it would be worth making your choice on October 1 from this point of view – whether the position of MP is suitable for the particular person.
Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.
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