President backs initiative to move Seimas’ elections to spring

Elections to the Seimas
DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

“I think it would be quite logical to move the election date several months backwards,” she said in an interview with the TV3 channel.

The Peasants and Greens and several lawmakers of Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance last week registered a constitutional amendment to move the date of general elections to from October to March to give the newly elected parliament enough time to form the coming year’s budget.

Under the Constitution, regular parliamentary elections are held on the second Sunday of October in the last year of the legislative term. If the date is moved, the current legislative term in Lithuania will be half a year shorter than usual.

A constitutional amendment must be debated and voted on twice by the Seimas, with an interval of at least three months between the votes, and requires a two-thirds majority, or 94 votes, to be adopted.

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