Key information about 12 May 2019

On 12 May 2019 Elections of the President of the Republic of Lithuania will be held, together with the referendums on amendments to Articles 12 and 55 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania. Citizens of the Republic of Lithuania, who will be at the age of 18 on the day of the elections, may vote in the Elections of the President of the Republic and referendums. Persons who have been declared incapable o by the court shall not participate in the elections.

Key information about 12 May 2019

Early voting

Voters who, for various reasons, on the Election Day on 2019 May 12 (run-off voting on May 26), will not be able to come and vote in the polling station, will have the opportunity to vote in advance in all municipalities. Voting will be organized in advance in all municipal buildings on May 6–10 from 8 am to 8 pm (run-off voting on May 20–24).

Voters who will vote in advance will have to show an identity document to the organisers of the elections. After voting you will receive an envelope receipt with a special sealed mark.

Voting in a special voting point

Voters, who are in health care facilities, social care institutions or carry out mandatory military service, will be able to vote on 8th, 9th and 10th of May 2019 in these institutions, in special voting places according to the schedule on set days and time (during run-off voting on 22nd, 23rd and 24th of May).

Voters, who will vote in the special voting point, will have to show an identity proving document to the members of the commission and after voting will receive an envelope with a special sealed mark.

Voting at home

Only the following voters may vote at home: disabled voters, voters with temporary working incapacity, voters aged 70 and over if, because of the health condition, they are unable to come to a post office to vote or to a polling district on polling day and if they produce a voter's request in the form set by the Central Electoral Commission for voting at home.

Voting at home will take place on 10th and 11th of May 2019 from 8 am until 8 pm (run-off voting will be on 24th and 25th of May).

Voting on the Day of the Elections

On the Day of the Elections – 12 May 2019 – voting in the polling stations takes place from 7 am until 8 pm.

(run-off voting is on 26 May 2019)

Voters, who come to vote in the polling stations, have to show an identity proving document to the organisers of the elections.

Voting abroad

The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) invites all citizens of the Republic of Lithuania who are currently or on the day of the Elections will be abroad to vote in the 2019 Elections of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, mandatory Referendums on Amendments to Articles 12 and 55 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania and Elections to the European Parliament.

Voters voting abroad have two options: either to vote by post or to come to the diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania personally. Voters intending to vote by post abroad must register via the electronic registration system of voters who intend vote abroad.

The registration form can be found – here.

The registration is also possible using the data of the expired passport or identity card of the Republic of Lithuania, if the voter has not been issued a new valid identity document of the Republic of Lithuania.

Election ballot papers will be sent to voters on the basis of the data provided by the voter in the electronic registration system of foreign voters: to the address of the foreign country of residence. If you choose to vote in the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Lithuania, the voters will have to come to the embassy or consular post on personally appointed days and time.

If voters vote in a state, which does not have an embassy or consular post of the Republic of Lithuania, the voters themselves have to pay for sending the voting documents back to the embassy or consular post that sent the voting documents. The embassies or consular posts of the Republic of Lithuania are not responsible for the reliability of the post office.

You can check how many voters have registered to vote abroad – here.

Voters who intend to vote abroad by post can register via the electronic system before the following dates:

Brazil – April 21

Belarus (Grodno) – April 22

Czech Republic – April 26

Japan – April 26

Russia (St. Petersburg) – April 26

Turkey – April 26

Egypt – April 27

India – April 27

Israel – April 28

Moldova – April 28

Romania – April 28

Sakartvelo – April 28

Austria – April 29

Azerbaijan – April 29

Belarus (Minsk) – April 29

Spain (Madrid) – April 29

Kazakhstan (Nur Sultan) – April 29

Croatia – April 29

Russia (Moscow) – April 30

Armenia – May 1

Belgium – May 1

The Netherlands – May 1

Norway – May 1

Russia (Kaliningrad) – May 1

Ukraine – May 1

Canada – May 1

Denmark – May 2

Estonia – May 2

Spain (Valencia) – May 2

Latvia – May 2

Finland – May 2

Russia (Sovetsk) – May 3

USA (Los Angeles) – May 3

United Kingdom – May 3

Poland – May 3

Sweden – May 3

USA (Chicago) – May 4

Greece – May 5

Kazakhstan (Almaty) – May 5

Germany – May 5

Hungary – May 5

Ireland – May 6

US (New York) – May 6

France – May 6

Switzerland (Geneva) – May 7

USA (Washington) – May 8

 

Candidates participating in the Elections

The list of registered candidates for the President of the Republic and general information about them can be found here.

 

Questions for referendums

Current Article 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania:

"Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall be acquired by birth or on other grounds established by law.

With the exception of individual cases provided for by law, no one may be a citizen of both the Republic of Lithuania and another state at the same time.

The procedure for the acquisition and loss of citizenship shall be established by law."

 

The wording of Article 12 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania submitted to the referendum:

"Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania shall be acquired by birth and on other grounds established by the Constitutional Law.

A citizen of the Republic of Lithuania by origin, who has acquired the citizenship of a state that meets the criteria of European and transatlantic integration chosen by the Republic of Lithuania, established by the Constitutional Law, does not lose citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania. In other cases, a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania may not be a citizen of another state except for the exceptions established by the Constitutional Law.

The procedure for  the acquisition and loss of citizenship shall be established by the constitutional law."

 

Current Article 55 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania:

" The Seimas shall consist of representatives of the Nation—141 Members of the Seimas, who shall be elected for a four-year term on the basis of universal, equal, and direct suffrage by secret ballot.

The Seimas shall be deemed elected when not less than 3/5 of the Members of the Seimas are elected.

The procedure for the election of the Members of the Seimas shall be established by law."

 

The wording of Article 55 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania submitted to the referendum:

" The Seimas shall consist of representatives of the Nation—121 Members of the Seimas, who shall be elected for a four-year term on the basis of universal, equal, and direct suffrage by secret ballot.

The Seimas shall be deemed elected when not less than 3/5 of the Members of the Seimas are elected.

The procedure for the election of the Members of the Seimas shall be established by law."

 

Monitoring of Political Advertising

Monitoring of political advertising – collection, accumulation, analysis and evaluation of data about the funding of political parties, political campaigns and their participants, the funding and dissemination of election (referendum) campaigning and political advertising during the period of political campaigns.

Dissemination of political advertising is regulated by the Electoral Laws and Republic of Lithuania Law on Funding of, and Control over Funding of, Political Campaigns.

Political advertising – information disseminated by a state politician, political party, its member, political campaign participant, on behalf and/or in the interest thereof, in any form and through any means, for payment or without return consideration, during the political campaign period or between political campaigns, where such information is intended to influence the motivation of voters when voting at elections or referendums, or where it is disseminated with the purpose of campaigning for a state politician, political party, its member or political campaign participant as well as their ideas, objectives or a programme.

Information notices of usual character disseminated free of charge during the political campaign period about activities of state politicians, political parties, candidates, as well as information which does not incite non-participation in a referendum, voting for or against the adoption of a decision submitted for the referendum, shall not be regarded as political advertising.

During the period of a political campaign, political advertising must be marked in accordance with the procedure laid down by the law by indicating the source of funding and visibly separated from other disseminated information.

Political advertising which is not marked during the political campaign period pursuant to the requirements set out by legal acts or marked not in compliance with legal acts shall be regarded as surreptitious political advertising and shall be prohibited.

It shall be prohibited to disseminate political advertising:

  • on the front page of a periodical;
  • if the dissemination of such advertising is in violation of the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Lithuania.

 

Prohibition to Bribe Voters and Persons Eligible to Vote

During the political campaign of presidential election as well as on polling day it shall be prohibited:

  • to directly or indirectly buy votes, to induce by offering gifts or other rewards a voter or a person eligible to vote to attend or not to attend presidential election and (or) to vote for or against one or another person;
  • to promise to reward voters for voting after an election with the purpose to affect the will of citizens regarding particular candidates.

Gifts or other rewards – as property benefits (avoidance of material costs), which can be understood as tangible and intangible assets (for example, money, household goods, certain paid works, property rights, paid intellectual property results, paid services, concerts, other paid cultural events, etc.).

Production or distribution free of charge to voters of the printed material (a programme, biography of a person to be nominated as a candidate, or other leaflets, calendars, postcards) marked with the symbols of the candidate or the party which nominated him shall not be considered as bribery of voters.

Printed material, leaflets, calendars, postcards, and stickers must perform basic information and advertising functions:

  • such material must be marked as political advertising, with a logo or other related symbols;
  • the printed material should not be separated, divided, i.e. there should be no possibility for the voter to distinguish the marking of political advertising from the product and to use part of it for another purpose.

Liability for violations of the Electoral Law is provided in Article 172 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Lithuania and in Article 90 (5) of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Republic of Lithuania, one of which causes administrative and the other – criminal liability.

Voting or offering to vote in the elections or referendum will impose a fine of between 300 EUR and 560 EUR.