Lithuanian citizens living abroad must register at www.rinkejopuslapis.lt to vote in the special constituency designated for the diaspora. You must register here even if you have voted before. Your vote is important. Elect the parliamentarian who will represent you in the Lithuanian parliament – Seimas. The elections will be held on October 11, 2020. Below we introduce some of the candidates.
Dalia Asanavičiūtė holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the Gediminas Technical University in Vilnius. She has worked in management since 2004, and has been living in the UK for seven years, has two children.
- Asanavičiūtė was brought forward as a candidate for the new constituency for the Lithuanian diaspora by the Homeland Union-Christian Democratic party (TS-LKD).
“We know that Dalia Asanavičiūtė is a strong, professional and energetic defender of the interests of Lithuanians in the diaspora. She has long-standing experience representing Lithuanians in the UK and abroad, understands their issues, and most importantly, has earned their trust. The new single-mandate constituency was established as a means of assuring better representation for our citizens living outside of Lithuania, and this can be best accomplished by someone who is a member of that world-wide community”, said TS-LKD party president Gabrielius Landsbergis, who, together with Ingrida Šimonytė, is endorsing D. Asanavičiūtė as the official TS-LKD candidate.
Dalia Asanavičiūtė decided to accept this important challenge, because, she says, today’s Lithuanian is a global entity, without a rigid economic or social framework. We are a multi-faceted community, with members throughout the populated world. Our world community enriches Lithuania through its members, especially the scientists, doctors, artists, businesspeople and other specialists who advertise our country through their amazing work. As yet the Lithuanian government has not directed sufficient attention to the world Lithuanian diaspora. The new World Lithuanian electoral riding will be both an excellent tool and a practical example of a community well-served in Seimas, its voice strengthened by that representation.
“I deeply appreciate the Conservative party’s confidence in endorsing me to run in the parliamentary elections. I hope that the Lithuanians of the diaspora will entrust me with a strong mandate, so that I may represent them in Seimas, as I have been doing my best before this to ensure that their voice is heard. The Homeland Union-Christian Democratic party has always maintained an active interest in issues of the diaspora and was always a firm partner in resolving them. As a member of the World community, I feel that I am capable of representing all Lithuanians in the diaspora, wherever they may live. We are one nation!”
Other candidates in the running for the diasporan constituency are Aušrinė Armonaitė, member of parliament and president of the Freedom Party; Linas Linkevičius, Foreign Affairs Minister and member of the Social Labour caucus; Andrius Bagdonas, Liberal Movement candidate and opposition leader in the municipality of Neringa.