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2019.12.17 11:30

Lithuania to redraw voting districts to establish expat constituency

Milena Andrukaitytė, BNS2019.12.17 11:30

Lithuania's electoral commission will update constituency boundaries to introduce a parliamentary seat representing expatriate voters.

The Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission is likely to establish a single-member constituency in Vilnius for voters living abroad, and abolish a constituency in southern Lithuania and another one in the western part of the country.

“There will be 70 constituencies in Lithuania and a separate one has been established for expatriate Lithuanians,” Laura Matjošaitytė, chairwoman of the commission, told BNS on Tuesday.

The boundaries are adjusted before next year's general election to keep the constituencies evenly sized. The law specifies that variation in the number of voters in each constituency should not exceed 10 percent.

The next parliamentary election is scheduled for October 11, 2020.

Seventy-one members of Lithuania's 141-seat parliament are elected in single-member constituencies and the rest are picked from party lists according to proportional representation.