How the Council is constituted

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The National Electronic Mass Media Council shall be composed of five members elected by the Saeima. The procedures for election of the Council shall be determined by the Rules of Order of the Saeima.

Candidates for membership of the National Electronic Mass Media Council shall be nominated by the Commission of Human Rights and Public Affairs of the Saeima upon consultation with associations and foundations which are active in the fields of mass media, education, culture, science and human rights.

A citizen of Latvia permanently residing in Latvia, with higher education and at least five years professional or academic experience in the field of the mass media, education, culture, science or human rights and of good reputation may be nominated as a candidate for membership of the National Electronic Mass Media Council.

A member of the National Electronic Mass Media Council may not be:

1) an official of a political party or association of political parties;

2) a holder of capital shares (shares) of the electronic mass medium; or

3) punished for an intentional crime, if he or she has not been rehabilitated or the criminal record has not been extinguished or expunged.

Work in the National Electronic Media Council shall be the primary employment of a member of the Council. The restrictions and prohibitions applicable to public officials in accordance with the Law on Prevention of Conflicts of Interests in Activities of Public Officials shall apply to the members of the Council.

Members of the National Electronic Mass Media shall be elected for a term of five years. Members of the Council may be elected repeatedly, but not more than twice in succession.

A secretariat shall be established to facilitate the work of the National Electronic Mass Media Council.