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27 June 2014

Electoral participation (rights) of third country nationals in Lithuania

Elections in Lithuania are regulated by the Law on Elections to the Seimas (Lietuvos Respublikos Seimo rinkims /statymas), the Law on Elections to the European Parliament (Lietuvos Respublikos rinkims / Europos Parlament /statymas), the Law on Elections to Municipal Councils (Lietuvos Respublikos savivaldybis tarybs rinkims /statymas), the Law on Presidential Elections (Lietuvos Respublikos Prezidento rinkims /statymas) and the Law of Referendum (Lietuvos Respublikos Referendumo /statymas). Permanent residents of the respective municipality, who are over 18 years old, have a right to elect members of the City Municipality Council. The right to become a City Municipality Council member belongs to foreigners (age over 20) who have permanent residence permit in Lithuania. Members of the Council cannot be foreigners, whose election right in his/her country of origin is limited by decision of court. The right to elect the European Parliament or to be elected as a member of European Parliament belongs to Lithuanian citizens and other citizens of EU member states, who live in Lithuania permanently (with the exception of those who have lost election right in their countries of origin). The right to elect the Parliament and President of Lithuania is entitled only to those who obtained Lithuanian citizenship. Foreigners have no right to stand as candidates in elections to Seimas and President.

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Lithuanian Red Cross Society
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Lithuania
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