Central Electoral Committee
Lietuviškai

Principles of Agitation


As
Article 16 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Referendum
says, the day of the group’s registration with the Central Electoral Committee or the day of the submission of the proposal to the Seimas by the Seimas group to call the referendum shall be deemed as the start of the referendum agitation campaign.

Upon entry into force of the Seimas resolution to call a referendum, the Central Electoral Committee shall publish in the public media and their website the text of the resolution for the referendum.

From the onset of the referendum agitation campaign, the group representatives, Seimas members, the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, ministers as well as, political parties and political organisations (hereinafter - parties), registered according to the prescribed procedure, public organisations and citizens shall be accorded the right to conduct agitation without interference for the proposal to call a referendum, passage of the resolution presented for a referendum and also against the proposal to call a referendum and the passage of the resolution being presented for a referendum.

The form and measures of referendum agitation must not be contrary to the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Lithuania.

Referendum agitation shall be prohibited within less than 30 hours before the commencement of voting in the referendum and on the day of voting.



As
Article 17 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Referendum
says, a right to use the media free of charge shall be extended to the group representatives, President of the Republic, Prime Minister, ministers, parties, public organisations and citizens. The Central Electoral Committee having coordinated with the heads of the National Radio and Television of Lithuania, shall approve the regulations of preparing broadcasts intended for referendum agitation and the actual duration and time of the National Radio and Television of Lithuania broadcasts. It shall also distribute the broadcast time in such a way that the equal rights principles of the group’s and its opponents’ representatives would not be violated. The representatives of both the group and its opposition shall be accorded at least seven hours each of the public (national) radio and television time for holding debates betweenthem.

The group shall propose the participants of the radio and television broadcasts, who support the initiative of calling a referendum and the resolution proposed therein for passage, and it shall inform the Central Electoral Committee of this. The opponents of the group shall be the representatives of the parties and public organisations and other persons, who do not approve of the initiative of calling a referendum and of the resolution proposed therein for passage. They shall inform the Central Electoral Committee of their desire to take part in the debates. The Central Electoral Committee, adhering to the order of priority set forth in paragraph three of this Article, shall comprise a list of the persons, who shall take part in the debates prepared for radio and television broadcasts.

The following order of priority shall be set for the persons in opposition to the group, who shall participate in the debates being prepared for radio and Television: The President of the Republic, Members of the Seimas (their order shall be determined through mutual agreement or by drawing lots); The Prime Minister; the ministers (their order shall be determined through mutual agreement or by drawing lots); the representatives of the parties whose candidates have been elected in multi-memberelectoral districts (their order of priority shall be determined through mutual agreement or by drawing lots); the representatives of the parties whose candidates have been elected only in single-memberelectoral districts (their order of priority shall be determined through mutual agreement or by drawing lots); representatives of the parties whose candidates had not been elected or did not take part in the Seimas elections, (their order of priority shall be determined through mutual agreement or by drawing lots); the representatives of public organisations (their order of priority shall be determined through mutual agreement or by drawing lots); citizens (their order of priority shall be determined by drawing lots). if some persons, who only support the calling of a referendum and the resolution proposed therein for passage or only oppose these, shall take part in the radio and television debates, they shall hold discussions with the broadcast manageror the broadcast participants invited by him.

Only the amount of the special election accounts shall limit the agitation in commercial mass media.

The Central Electoral Committee shall resolve all the disputes arising of referendum agitation.


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