Lithuania's presidential candidate Nauseda expects high turnout in runoff voting

Source: Xinhua| 2019-05-24 22:28:19|Editor: xuxin
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VILNIUS, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania's presidential candidate Gitanas Nauseda cast his ballot on Friday in the country's presidential runoff and said he expected high turnout in the second round of the election this Sunday.

"I hope that people will be active in the election this Sunday despite good or bad weather as probably the best thing that we can do for our country is to vote according to our conscience, mind and our vision," Nauseda was quoted as saying by local media after casting his advance vote at Vilnius city municipality.

"I do not want to win for myself: I want to win because I believe I could give Lithuania a different kind of impulse, give it some more mutual trust, friendliness and constructiveness," he added.

Nauseda did not reveal which party he supported in the elections of the European Parliament, saying that he voted "for a party which looks sympathetic, has values and is European at the same time."

The first round of the presidential election took place on May 12, pitting economist Nauseda against former Finance Minister Ingrida Simonyte. Since none of them secured more than 50 percent of the votes, a runoff is scheduled for May 26, coinciding with the European Parliament elections.

Simonyte received 31.31 percent of the votes in the first round. Nauseda was second with 30.94 percent.

Advance voting in the Lithuanian presidential runoff and the European Parliament election began on Monday and runs through Friday.

According to the data from the Central Electoral Commission, turnout in four days of advance voting in the second round of the presidential and European elections stood at 5.78 percent.