European Parliament Elections

On Sunday, June 9, Lithuanians voted in the European Parliament election. After midnight, the Central Electoral Commission (VRK) started publishing the results. After counting the votes in all 1,895 polling districts, the conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) Party was in the lead with 20.92 percent of the votes, followed by the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP) with 17.64 percent. This means that the TS-LKD will get three seats in the EP, and the LSDP will have two.

The data also shows that one EP seat each will go to the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (8.96 percent of the votes), the Freedom Party (7.93 percent ), the Democratic Union “For Lithuania” (5.84 percent), the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance (5.67 percent), the People and Justice Union (5.35 percent), and the Liberals’ Movement (5.31 percent).

In Lithuania, 20.93 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the EP election. Adding the early votes, the voter turnout stood at 28.34 percent.This is the second  time that the EP election in Lithuania was held separately from the presidential election. The first time was in 2009 when 20.98 percent of eligible citizens voted. Candidates fielded by 14 political parties and one coalition were vying for Lithuania’s 11 seats in the European Parliament. A total of 319 Lithuanian politicians, of an average age of 52 years, were running for the EP.

The law sets a threshold of 5 percent for the allocation of seats in the EP election. This means that only those lists of candidates that received 5 percent or more of the votes will take part in the allocation of EP seats.

Here are the elected Lithuanian MEPs: Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD): Andrius Kubilius, Rasa Juknevičienė, Paulius Saudargas; Social Democratic Party of Lithuania: Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis; Farmers and Greens Union: Aurelijus Veryga; Freedom Party: Dainius Žalimas; Democratic Union “For Lithuania”: Virginijus Sinkevičius; Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance: Waldemar Tomaszewski; People and Justice Union: Petras Gražulis; Liberals’ Movement: Petras Auštrevičius.