A proposal to hold a dual citizenship referendum in Lithuania on two days with a gap of two weeks might run counter to the country's Constitution and Lithuania might be held up to ridicule for holding such a vote, en expert in constitutional law says.
© DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika

"It seems to me that there are doubts on whether such a proposal is in compliance with the Constitution. I have in mind the proposed votes with a two-week gap," Rimantas Sinkevičius told lawmakers on Wednesday, attending a meeting of a special panel set up to prepare for a dual citizenship referendum.

The panel is considering putting before parliament a proposal to hold a dual citizenship on May 12 and 26 when Lithuania will also hold a presidential election.

"Europe is not acquainted with such a provision as the principle of continuity applies and voting in a referendum must be continuous," Sinkevičius said.

Moreover, a referendum with a two-week gap would breach the principle that votes must be counted immediately after the vote.

Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, paid attention to the fact that the proposed two-week gap was aimed at improving the results as the number of voters could increase by 8 percent.

"We can expect over 60 percent of voters and then we get a theoretical possibility to have a positive result," he said.

Lithuania plans to hold a referendum on dual citizenship to change the Constitution and let Lithuanian citizens by origin to retain their Lithuanian citizenship after becoming citizens of countries matching European and transatlantic integration criteria.

In other cases, a citizen of the Republic of Lithuania would not be allowed to become a citizen of another country, except for exemption provided for by the Constitution.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Seimas takes step toward allowing Paksas to run in elections

The Seimas has made another step towards opening the way for Lithuania's impeached former president...

Seimas to decide on overhaul of party subsidies

The Lithuanian parliament plans on Thursday to make a final decision on an overhaul of the model of...

Seimas to debate amendments allowing Paksas to run in elections

The Seimas plans to debate on Thursday draft constitutional amendments that would pave the way for...

Seimas panel's draft findings call for changing LRT management structure

The Lithuanian parliament's ad hoc investigative commission scrutinizing the finances of the...

Tripartite Council fails to reach agreement on minimum wage

Lithuania's Tripartite Council , uniting the government, employers and trade unions, on Tuesday...