Central Electoral Committee
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Formation of Central Electoral Committee, the powers of it



The Central Electoral Committee is a permanent supreme state institution for organising and conducting elections and referendums, provided for in the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania.
The Law On The Central Electoral Committee establishes the legal status, tasks, powers, principles of activities of the Central Electoral Committee of the Republic of Lithuania as well as the procedure of its establishment, work organisation and financing.

As Article 7 of The Law On The Central Electoral Committee says, the Seimas shall form the Central Electoral Committee for a four-year period. The Central Electoral Committee must be formed anew no later than 120 days and no earlier than 140 days in advance of regular elections to the Seimas. The Central Electoral Committee shall not be newly formed before early elections to the Seimas; it shall retain its powers until the Central Electoral Committee is formed before regular elections to the Seimas.

The Central Electoral Committee shall be composed of:
  1. the Committee Chairman;
  2. three persons with university law degrees who are chosen by drawing lots from among the six candidates nominated by the Minister of Justice;
  3. three persons with university law degrees who are chosen by drawing lots from among the six candidates nominated by the Lithuanian Bar Association; and
  4. the persons nominated by the parties which have received mandates of the Seimas members in the multi-member constituency.

The Minister of Justice and the Lithuanian Bar Association may nominate more candidates to the Central Electoral Committee.
Drawing of lots during a Seimas sitting shall be organised by the Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Seimas.
Prior to the formation of the Central Electoral Committee, the parties (coalitions) which have received mandates of the Seimas members in the multi-member constituency shall each have the right to nominate one representative to the Central Electoral Committee from one list of candidates (joint list) nominated in the multi-member constituency.
If the representatives meet the requirements specified in Article 6 of this Law, the Seimas may not reject the nominees.
In all cases, persons appointed to the Central Electoral Committee from among the candidates nominated by the Minister of Justice and the Lithuanian Bar Association must make up more than 1/2 of the Committee members. If the number of such persons is smaller, the number of the members of the Committee shall be increased in equal numbers, according to the procedure established in this Article, by drawing lots, from among the candidates nominated by the Minister of Justice and the Lithuanian Bar Association. The number of the candidates must be twice as large as is necessary for the additional appointment of members to the Central Electoral Committee.
Upon the recommendation of the Seimas Chairman, the Seimas shall appoint the Chairman of the Central Electoral Committee.


Article 20 of the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the Referendum. Powers of Central Electoral Committee in Organising and Conducting Referendum
  1. The Central Electoral Committee shall:
    1. register the group;
    2. issue citizen signature collection blanks to the group;
    3. verify and determine, whether 300 thousand citizens’ signatures have been properly collected;
    4. form city and regional referendum committees;
    5. determine the stamp samples and forms, samples of completing the referendum ballot and other documents used in the referendum, and also the procedure of stamping the ballots;
    6. manage the State funds allotted for the referendum;
    7. oversee, how this Law is being implemented;
    8. register according to the presentation of the groups and parties, their and observers at the Central Electoral Committee and issue certificates to them;
    9. according to the group’s, parties’ recommendation, register the representatives at the Central Electoral Committee and issue certificates to them;
    10. examine the disputes and adopt resolutions on city and regional referendum committee and polling referendum committee decisions;
    11. determine and publish the final results of the referendum;
    12. exercise the other powers set forth in this Law.
  2. Should the elections of the Seimas, Republic President or municipal council and the referendum be taking place on the same day, the same polling and referendum committees will be formed. The Central Electoral Committee shall form in a separate election, referendum territory one city, and regional and constituency election or referendum committee and determine its functions in organizing and conducting the elections or referendum.


Central Electoral Committee
Central Electoral Committee, Gedimino av. 53, LT-2002 Vilnius, Lithuania. Tel. +370 5 2396969
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