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2015.09.08 13:45

The demographics of Lithuania’s European Parliament candidates

DELFI.lt 2015.09.08 13:45

The Central Electoral Commission issued a report on the demographic profiles of Lithuanian candidates to European Parliament (EP) ahead of next month’s elections, gauging everything from age to wealth, as reported by LRT.

The Central Electoral Commission issued a report on the demographic profiles of Lithuanian candidates to European Parliament (EP) ahead of next month’s elections, gauging everything from age to wealth, as reported by LRT.

The oldest candidates on the ballot represent the Social Democrats, while the youngest are linked to Lithuania’s Green Party. The wealthiest candidate is businessman and representative of the Liberal Movement Antanas Guoga. What’s more, the Commission reports that the Liberal Movement is the wealthiest party.

More than 200 candidates from 10 different parties or coalitions will battle for 11 seats in the EP seats in Brussels and Strasbourg on 25 May.

With a few exceptions, all current MEPs will run to keep their seats. Notably, philosopher Leonidas Donskis has given his ballot slot at the top of the Liberal Movement list to Antanas Guoga. Vytautas Landsbergis will be replaced by his grandson, Gabrielius Landsbergis, on the Homeland Union list. Social Democrat Justas Vincas Paleckis announced that he will not run for reinstatement.

The oldest candidates in the race hail from the Social Democrats party and are, on average, approaching their sixties. The candidates in the Green Party are far younger, at about 40 years old, on average. The oldest candidate on the ballot is 76-year-old Gabrielius Mincevičius from the Block of Valdemar Tomaševski, while the youngest is 22-year-old Labour Party candidate Ieva Kačinskaitė-Urbonienė.

The richest candidate is businessman Antanas Guoga, whose declared assets are valued at over LTL 93 million. The second wealthiest candidate is leader of the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union Ramūnas Karbauskis, who is worth over LTL 40 million.

Social Democrat Bronius Bradauskas has assets worth nearly LTL 30 million. Other wealthy candidates include Lithuania Green Party candidates Remigijus Lapinskas (LTL 20 million) and Almontas Kybartas with (LTL 9 million). Viktor Uspaskikh, who previously ranked as the wealthiest candidate on the ballot, now has a declared asset base of LTL 5 million, after having purportedly distributed his assets among his children. Artųras Zuokas of the Liberal and Centre Union also has declared assets of LTL 5 million.

The Liberal Movement seems to have the wealthiest candidates, followed by the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union and the Social Democrats. The candidates of the Block of Valdemar Tomaševski are the least wealthy.

There are more than twice as many male candidates as female. The Block of Valdemar Tomaševski and the Green Party are the only parties that nominated male and female candidates in equal numbers. The Liberal and Centre Union have the most male-dominated ballots.

The majority of the candidates are Lithuanian. There are also 14 Poles, 6 Russians, one Armenian, and one Belorussian on the ballot.

Translation by Audra Šeputytė.