Lithuania holds presidential elections and two referendums

Presidential elections are held in Lithuania on May 12. Today, Lithuanians are also holding two referendums — on the expansion of dual citizenship and reduction of the number of parliamentarians.

Voting at polling stations will take place from 7 to 20 hours.

President running 9 candidates: from “peasants” — the Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, from conservatives Ingrida Simonyte, from the Social Democrats — the European Commissioner Vytenis-Povilas Andriukaitis, leader of the Electoral action of poles in Lithuania — the Union of Christian families Valdemar Tomasevski, the philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis, a member of the European Parliament Valentinas Mazuronis, the economist Gitanas Nauseda, parliamentarians Mindaugas Puidokas and Naglis Puteikis.

The second term of office of the current President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite ends in July.

Today Lithuania is also holding two referendums — on the expansion of dual citizenship and reduction of the number of parliamentarians. Thus, it is proposed to establish in the Constitution 121 seats in Parliament (now — 141). In the second referendum, it is proposed to expand the institution of dual citizenship so that the Lithuanian passport can be retained by those who have received “the citizenship of a state that meets the criteria of European and transatlantic integration.”