Agrarian party leads runoff of Lithuanian elections

Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union (LVZS) leads in the second round of vote in the Baltic country’s parliamentary elections held on Sunday, official data shows.

According to data from 1,729 districts out of 1,922 collected by the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), LVZS has secured 34 seats among the 68 seats elected on Sunday, totalling 53 seats in two rounds of this year’s election.

Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) has won nine seats, ranking the second in the vote on Sunday. The conservative party has won 30 seats in two rounds.

Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP), a party among the current ruling coalition, has secured 17 seats, in which four seats were won during the second round.

The second round of vote starts at 7:00 a.m. local time, and lasts till 8:00 p.m. local time.

Lithuania elects 71 members of the 141-seat Seimas in single-seat constituencies, other 70 MPs are elected by proportional representation in a single nationwide multi-seat constituency. A party needs at least five percent of votes to enter the Seimas. For electoral coalitions, the threshold is seven percent.

The first round of voting decides how elected parties share the 70 seats, while the second round finally shows the results in the 71 single-seat constituencies.

Three seats in the 71 single-seat constituencies were elected in the first round held on Oct. 9 during this year’s election.

Seimas is the unicameral parliament of Lithuania with 141 seats and a term of four years.

 

Xinhua/Zainab Sa’id