Rinkėjų papirkimo draudimas

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.