The changes were approved by the party’s council on Saturday and still need formal approval by the party’s convention.
Under the new rules, local TS-LKD branches will be able to nominate presidential candidate if they receive at least 10 percent of votes from members of local branches. TS-LKD leader Gabrielius Landsbergis said presidential candidates could also include non-partisans.
The party’s final presidential candidate would be elected in a secret ballot by all party branches, and the vote would be considered to have taken place if at least half of TS-LKD branches have voted. And the winner would be selected if they received half of votes.
The novelty is that not only TS-LKD members but also non-partisans would be allowed to vote for the party’s presidential candidates, with prior registration in the TS-LKD voting system and “declaration of support for the TS-LKD’s activity and values”.
“A special selection group will check people to avoid political participation with the goal to undermine the election, to avoid such risks. I hope we’ll receive considerable participation,” Landsbergis told BNS Lithuania.