Posts tagged as elections

Lembergs probably will lack the votes to become the Mayor for the eighth time

Monday, June 14, 2021

De Facto reported on June 13, that if the parties elected to Ventspils City Council act as they promise, then Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs, currently imprisoned, will lack the votes to become the Mayor for the eighth time. However, another person of his party Latvijai un Ventspilij could be candidate for the post, Latvian Television’s broadcast De Facto reported June 13. A majority of MPs are required to elect the…

Early voting in Latvia will be open on May 31,  June 3 and 4

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

According to the Central Election Commission, for voters who are unable to vote on the official election day, June 5, early voting will be open on May 31,  June 3 and 4. This option is particularly desirable for voters who are in a Covid-19 risk group, since there are typically fewer voters on earlier days. Unlike previous elections, this year, the voting hours will be longer and the first day of voting will…

Ex-politician Slesers says will run in next Saeima elections

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Ex-politician Ainars Slesers, who is facing criminal charges in the so-called digital television case, has promised to run in the next Saeima elections On Thursday, Slesers was summoned to the prosecutor’s office in connection with the charges brought against him in connection with the digital TV case. After the visit to the prosecutor’s office, Slesers told journalists that he is planning to approach his former political allies, ex-ministers, businesspeople and…

Lithuania’s socdem leader accepts blame for election defeat

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Gintautas Paluckas, the leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), has admitted personal responsibility for his party’s defeat in last autumn’s parliamentary elections amid calls on him not to run for re-election as chairman, wrote LRT At the LSDP council’s meeting on Wednesday evening, Paluckas attributed the poor showing in the election to his own mistakes, the party’s failure to sell its platform to voters, and moves by political…

Lithuanian parliament snubs biggest opposition party in deputy speaker elections

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament elected four deputy speakers on Tuesday, rejecting the candidate proposed by the Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), the biggest opposition party. The LVŽS has threatened to go to the Constitutional Court after MPs rejected the candidacy of Aušrinė Norkienė for deputy speaker. The party maintains that as the biggest opposition group with 32 MPs – and the second-biggest group overall – it must have its representative among…

Lithuanian FM receives no job offers after failing to secure seat in elections

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

After Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius failed to win a seat in the parliamentary elections, he says he is focused on current work and has received “no offers” or “suggestions”. “It is difficult to plan something in politics, because everything can turn upside down. We are now doing our job, and we will see after,” he told Žinių Radijas radio on Tuesday, according to Elta news agency. He said his…

Over 40,000 expatriates to vote in Lithuania’s elections

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

More than 40,000 voters have already registered to vote in Lithuania’s general elections from abroad, Laura Matjošaitytė, chairwoman of Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC), has said. “Compared to 2016, there’s a huge rise, as the number of voters who registered to vote abroad back in 2016 was slightly over 19,000,” she told reporters on Wednesday. Registration has already ended in about half of Lithuania’s diplomatic representations. Voters can still register…

LGBT rights in Lithuanian elections

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Does the October general elections hold any promise for Lithuania’s LGBTQ community? While some major parties have backslid on issues like legalising same-sex partnership, LGBTQ voters and allies have more choice than in any previous election, argues Simonas Bartulis. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region.  “Overall, there is no freedom for people in Lithuania. There is freedom only for homosexualists [sic], transvestites, and…

Lithuania to spend extra €3.9m on ‘safe’ elections

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Lithuanian cabinet has decided to allocate additional 3.9 million euros for next month’s parliamentary election. The Central Electoral Commission said it needed the extra funding to ensure safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. It is extending the early voting period and opening more polling stations, which will require hiring more members of electoral commissions. On Wednesday, the Cabinet was scheduled to discuss proposals to allocate a total of 200 million…

Riga government is getting younger

Monday, August 31, 2020

In Riga City Council there is a generational change, said politologist Ojārs Skudra in an interview with Latvian Television August 31. When asked what had been surprising regarding  Riga City Council’s extraordinary elections last weekend  , Skudra acknowledged that a slight surprise had been the very persuasive victory of the Development/For!/Progressives party. “Speaking of the newly elected and new factions, I would like to note that, in fact, there has…