Governing party expected to lose parliamentary election today


The ruling Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS – LKD) led by Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius is expected to lose the general election which takes place today in Lithuania.

Recent polls put the ruling party in third place behind the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP) and the Labour Party (DP).

There are 2,579,660 eligible voters registered to vote today for 27 political parties from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.

The Seimas or parliament has 141 seats of which 71 will be decided in two rounds of voting, today and again on 28th October, with 978 candidates standing in this election according to the Central Election Commission (CEC). A further 1,872 names are to be found on the party lists for the remaining 70 seats all of which will be selected in a nationwide constituency.

As in 2008 there has been early voting which took place on Wednesday and Thursday and where 49,790 voters took the chance to vote, more than double the number four years ago.

Voters will also be voting in a non-binding referendum express their opinions on the construction of a new nuclear power plant.

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