aA
Two disabled people in Lithuania have been awarded 1,000 euros in compensation each for failure to ensure disabled people's rights during the general election in October, 2016.
Elections to the Seimas
Elections to the Seimas
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

Vilnius Regional Administrative Court ruled that the violations identified by the plaintiffs could have caused discomfort, suffering, disappointment and humiliation, Sigita Jacinevičienė-Baltaduonė, spokeswoman for the court, told BNS Lithuania.

The State of Lithuania, represented by the Central Electoral Commission, as well as Vilnius city and district municipalities and their administrations were named defendants in this case.

The plaintiffs had asked the court for 30,000 euros in compensation in total for the violation of their voting rights and discrimination.

Both plaintiffs voted in Vilnius. One of them, a female sitting in a wheelchair, could not access the polling station as there was no adequate infrastructure. She asked people for help and only accessed the voting room on the ground floor after two men carried her up stairs.

Moreover, the voting booth was also not properly adapted as the countertop was too high and the woman could not reach it without assistance.

The second plaintiff, also with mobility disability, could not access his polling station. In his words, the local electoral commission solved the problem by committing another voting violation as the man received his ballot outside the station and was allowed to vote. This way the principle of secrecy was violated.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Vilnius centre becomes art gallery

Lithuanian capital Vilnius has turned its centre into an open-air art gallery . The outdoor...

Lithuania faces new educational trends in post-pandemic reality

Scientists predict the second wave of coronavirus, and this uncertainty encourages high school...

Summer discoveries: exhibitions in Kaunas

After a couple of months with the doors closed, museums and galleries are eager to attract visitors.

Online from Kaunas: Lithuanian language and culture summer school

Baltic Summer University organisers have decided to use this time to explore the opportunities to...

Jakubauskas appointed director of Lithuania genocide center

Adas Jakubauskas , 55, has been appointed director of the Genocide and Resistance Research Center of...

Top news

Nauseda: Lithuania will have to go back to financial discipline after corona crisis

Once the coronavirus crisis ends and the economic situation gets back to normal, Lithuania will...

Tours operators suspend trips to Bulgaria over coronavirus concerns

Lithuania's tour operators Novaturas and Tez Tour have decided not to organize trips to Bulgaria...

President: Lithuania must defend its haulers' interests 'to the hilt'

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda backs the government's plans to contest the EU Mobility Package...

Loop traffic has taken effect in Vilnius Old Town

On 7 July, a new order for arranging traffic in Vilnius Old Town took effect – visitors and...

Kaunastic discoveries: music in Kaunas this July

Here’s what the Kaunas calendar has to offer, including cumbia, classical music , urban sounds...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina