Without understanding the reasons for the low activity of the population, there is a risk of experiencing a similar situation in the Saeima elections / Day

He said he expected lower turnout than in the 2017 local elections, but that the drop would be so sharp was surprising. Ixten emphasized that this was an important issue that should not only be considered by individual political scientists or sociologists. In his view, it is a serious question for the political elite whether they see it as a problem and, if so, what they are prepared to do.

“We all know and it is not difficult to ask one or another political scientist to fully understand the reasons for the low participation of the population. There is not much wisdom there. emphasized by the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia.

As an example, I referred to the drop in turnout in the Riga City Council’s extraordinary elections, where it could quite possibly be attributed to the fact that the voters of the “Harmony” party did not go to the polls. He pointed out that if we look at the participation rates in those polling stations in Riga, where “Harmony” has traditionally been popular, such an assumption could be made.

“Currently, we see that last year’s results in the Riga City Council elections are revealed in a slightly different light, so the question is what it means, where it comes from and what we as a society can do in this regard. Of course, the first question is whether we perceive it at all. as a problem, “said the political scientist.

The dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia also pointed out that “we lie in a circle and around, trying to get some hypothesis out of the finger, why things happen the way they do”. Ixten stressed that this is not a scientific approach and a data-based, evidence-based policy, but a waste of time.

“This empty mumble of politics must be stopped. There must also be an end to the completely morbid outrage and verbal persecution of the social sciences. crucial, “emphasized the political scientist.

LETA has already written that in general only 34% of eligible voters have participated in municipal elections in Latvia.

Source: Diena.lv by www.diena.lv.

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