Order and Justice finalizes election candidate list

Remigijus Žemaitaitis
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

Lithuania’s Order and Justice party has approved its candidate list for October’s general election. It is led by deputy chairman Remigijus Žemaitaitis, since the party’s leader, MEP Rolandas Paksas is banned from running for elections.

The rest of the line-up in the top ten includes Kęstas Komskis, Rimas Andrikis, Petras Gražulis, Vytautas Kamblevičius, Rimantas Antanas Ručys, Juozas Imbrasas, Ona Valiukevičiūtė, Kęstutis Bartkevičius, and Kęstutis Pūkas.

MEP Rolandas Paksas, the chairman of the Order and Justice party, cannot run for parliament. After being impeached as president in 2004, he has been banned for life from holding elected office in Lithuania.

The party’s convention on Saturday also endorsed the list of candidates in single-member constituencies. Žemaitaitis will run in the district of Pietų Žemaitija, Environment Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas will seek a parliament seat from the district of Telšiai, Deputy Minister of Education Natalija Istomina is to run in Baltijos constituency, Deputy Minister of Economy Gediminas Onaitis will run in Marių district.

The party has decided not to have a candidate in Vilkaviškis, the home district of Social Democrat Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius.

In its candidate list, the party has fashion designer Daiva Urbonavičiūtė and meteorologist and TV weather forecast presenter Audronė Galvonaitė who are expected to boost the party’s popularity, Žemaitaitis says.

Julius Panka, the leader of the ultra-right Lithuanian Nationalist Union, is also running for parliament in the Order and Justice list.

Žemaitaitis says that the party will run on a platform of opposing same-sex marriage, doubling the minimum wage, lowering the age of retirement and reviewing the European Union refugee quotas for Lithuania.

Recent polls suggest that the party can expect 5.5% of the vote, down from 6.3% in June.

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