Lithuania is electing its President
Today Lithuania is electing its president. The he only question is where Ms Dalia Grybauskaite, I should I call her Ms D.G. would be elected in the first round, or the second round will be necessary.
The Article 81 of the Lithuania’s Constitution states that: ‘The candidate for the post of the President of the Republic who, during the first voting in which not less than half of all the voters participate, receives the votes of more than half of all the voters who participated in the election, shall be deemed elected. If less than half of all the voters participate in the election, the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes, but not less than 1/3 of the votes of all the voters, shall be deemed elected.
If, during the first voting round, no single candidate gets the requisite number of votes, a repeat voting shall be held after two weeks pitting the two candidates who received the greatest number of votes against each other. The candidate who receives more votes thereafter shall be deemed elected.
If no more than two candidates take part in the first round, and neither of them receives the requisite number of votes, a repeat election shall be held.’
In short Ms D.G. needs 50% plus one voter to vote. Otherwise if there only some 49% voters would vote today, some 68% of those must vote for Ms D.G. today, which is unrealistic to expect.
Until 1400 some 30.54% voters voted already. The voters are more active than in the last Seimas elections and than in the last Presidential election’s second round. Since the weather is Baltic (dull), many expected to return from camping and outings in the country side. One more factor is that youth should ‘wake up’ after late ‘Eurovision’ night yesterday and execute their civic duty eventually.
Lets wait and see. The voting will finnish at 2000, that is in 20 minutes.