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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian Presidential Election at the Final Straight

Algirdas Acus, LRT 2015.09.08 13:45

  Lithuania starts early voting in Presidential elections, planned on 11th May. Seven candidates will compete in Sunday's election. Incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite is a clear favourite, expected to get over 40% of the votes.  

Lithuania starts early voting in Presidential elections, planned on 11th May. Seven candidates will compete in Sunday's election. Incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite is a clear favourite, expected to get over 40% of the votes.

Grybauskaite, running as an independent candidate, may even win in the first round, provided she manages to take more than a half of votes, which she successfully did in 2009.

Former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus expressed his surprise at Presidential Election Campaign being sluggish and practically nonexistent.

Should the election require a second round, it will take place in conjunction with the elections to the European Parliament, on 25th May. The Central Electoral Commission confirmed just over 2, 5 million Lithuanian citizens as eligible voters.

Member of the ruling Social Democrats Zigmantas Balcytis and a member of the Coalition partner's, Labour Party, Arturas Paulauskas, are seen by analysts as candidates, who could reach the second round and thus challenge Dalia Grybauskaite.

SHOTLIST

Vs of Presidential debates

Each candidate is being presented according to alphabet: Zigmantas Balcytis, Dalia Grybauskaite, Arturas Paulauskas, Naglis Puteikis, Bronis Rope, Valdemar Tomasevski and Arturas Zuokas

Incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite in debates maintains that progressive taxation would not be effective in Lithuania.

Soundbite (English) a woman:

Well obviously she made certain mistakes, who hasn't? But I would reformulate your question into another question. Is there anyone, sort of, more reliable, stronger in that sense? Because we have I think tested her, she has faced certain challenges.

Vs of Presidential palace

Soundbite (Lithuanian), a man with a child:

I don't think we should expect second round; and I don't expect any changes. Continuity of the current policy is a guarantee to our state. There is not much choice, as the right wing did not suggest any other candidate, and in the end, only one candidate is left.

Posters of Arturas Paulauskas in a bus station in Vilnius

Posters of Zigmantas Balcytis in a bus station in Vilnius

Soundbite (Lithuanian), a woman:

I think that the second round will certainly take place. And I think that Naglis Puteikis will be the winner, because he promises good changes, and I want to live in a truly democratic state, not like now - in fear.

Posters of Zigmantas Balcytis in Gediminas Avenue, downtown Vilnius

Posters of Arturas Paulauskas in a bus station in Vilnius