Home News American News Voting takes place for Lithuania presidential poll

Voting takes place for Lithuania presidential poll

5
0
SHARE
VILNIUS, May 7, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite (2nd R) talks with a staff member of the polling station after casting her vote in the presidential elections and the dual citizenship referendum in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 7, 2019. Advance voting kicked off on Monday in the Lithuanian presidential elections and referendums on dual citizenship and the number of parliament members. For the first time in Lithuania, the advance voting is held for five days. (Xinhua/Guo Mingfang/IANS) by .
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite (2nd R) talks with a staff member of the polling station after casting her vote in the presidential elections and the dual citizenship referendum in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Voting took place for the first round of Lithuania’s presidential election and a referendum on expanding the possibility of dual nationality for citizens who left the country after the end of the Soviet rule in 1990…reports Asian Lite News

VILNIUS, May 7, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite (2nd R) talks with a staff member of the polling station after casting her vote in the presidential elections and the dual citizenship referendum in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 7, 2019. Advance voting kicked off on Monday in the Lithuanian presidential elections and referendums on dual citizenship and the number of parliament members. For the first time in Lithuania, the advance voting is held for five days. (Xinhua/Guo Mingfang/IANS) by .
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite (2nd R) talks with a staff member of the polling station after casting her vote in the presidential elections and the dual citizenship referendum in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Some 2.5 million people are eligible to vote in the elections, in which nine candidates are contesting to succeed incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite, who has already completed the maximum mandate of two five-year periods in power.

The referendum also includes a question on a bill to reduce the number of seats in parliament.

Lithuania has a semi-presidential regime in which the President holds important foreign policy powers.

All the candidates are in favour of Lithuania remaining in both the European Union and in the NATO.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is currently leading pre-poll surveys, followed by former Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte (conservative) and Independent economist Gitanas Nauseda.