News

2019.05.12 13:19

Lithuanians vote in presidential election, two referendums

Milena Andrukaitytė, BNS2019.05.12 13:19

Lithuanians go to polls on Sunday to elect a new president and vote in two referendums, on expanding dual citizenship and on reducing the number of parliamentarians.

Polling stations will open at 07:00. and will close on 20:00. A total of 2,472,405 people are eligible to vote. 

A ban on political campaigning remains in force until the closing of polling stations. 

The following nine candidates are running for president: European Commissioner Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis, MEP Valentinas Mazuronis, economist Gitanas Nausėda, MP Mindaugas Puidokas, MP Naglis Puteikis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, MP Ingrida Šimonyte and MEP Valdemar Tomaševski. 

One of them will in July replace incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is ineligible for re-election after serving two five-year terms.

In the referendum on amending Article 55 of the Constitution, citizens are voting on whether or not to reduce the number of Seimas members to 121, from the current 141.

In the other referendum, they are voting on whether or not to amend Article 12 of the Constitution to allow Lithuanian citizens by birth to keep their Lithuanian citizenship when they acquire the citizenship of another country meeting the "European and transatlantic integration criteria". The criteria would be laid out in a special constitutional law.

Currently, people who left Lithuania after it regained independence in 1990 cannot hold dual citizenship, except for individual cases.