Lower turnout in Lithuania’s mayoral run-off elections

Vyksta antrasis rinkimų turas, balsavimas senamiesčio rinkimų apylinkėje
DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

By 7 p.m., an hour before planned closure of voting, 32.2 percent of registered voters had cast their ballots on Sunday, as compared with 39.78 percent of voters two weeks ago. The total voter turnout in the first round of voting was 47.17 percent.

The voter turnout during early voting in run-offs earlier this week stood at 5.13 percent (5.97 pct in the first round of voting).

Almost 2 million voters are eligible to vote in the run-off elections in 40 municipalities. Nineteen municipalities elected their mayors in the first round two weeks ago, and the election results in the district of Trakai were annulled due to violations.

The polling stations opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Radvilė Morkūnaitė-Mikulėnienė of the conservative Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats and Šarūnas Gustainis of the Liberal Movement on Sunday are competing in a run-off election for a seat in the Seimas (parliament) representing Vilnius’ Žirmūnai constituency.

A new MP has to be elected in Žirmūnai after Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party was appointed to work in the European Commission.

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