Advance voting kicks off in Lithuanian presidential elections, referendums

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-07 01:14:10|Editor: yan
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VILNIUS, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Advance voting kicked off on Monday in the Lithuanian presidential elections and referendums on dual citizenship and the number of parliament members.

For the first time in Lithuania, the advance voting is held for five days.

The scheduled presidential elections and two referendums will be held on May 12.

"The voters will have a right to cast their vote in all municipalities, the advance vote is held as of 6th May up until 10th May," the country's Central Electoral Commission (VRK) announced on Monday.

The Baltic country holds an extended 5-day advance voting amid efforts to ensure active participation in two referendums that would change the country's Constitution.

In one referendum, the Lithuanian citizens are voting on dual citizenship deciding whether to grant a dual citizenship to a person who becomes a citizen of other country complying with the criteria of Euro-Atlantic integration. Specific countries would be stipulated by law.

In the other referendum, Lithuanians are voting whether to reduce the number of members of the country's parliament from 141 to 121.

The necessary threshold to implement the Constitutional changes is more than half of registered voters casting their vote in favor of the proposals.

According to VRK, the number of voters in the country's Presidential elections and two referendums is 2.47 million.

In the country's presidential elections, 9 candidates are running for the President's seat.

According to the latest polls, MP and the country's former Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte is leading the race, followed by economist Gitanas Nauseda and the country's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania's incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite will leave the Office after finishing her second term.

The second round of the presidential elections is scheduled for May 26 if necessary.

On May 26, Lithuania also holds its elections to the European Parliament.