Lithuania's Central Electoral Commission has cancelled the registration of Kęstas Komskis of the Order and Justice Party for parliamentary elections amid vote-buying suspicions, causing him to lose the MP mandate he won in the elections earlier this month.
Kęstas Komskis
© DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

The decision to scrap Komskis from the party's candidate list was made by the election watchdog after studying the pre-trial investigation materials, which prosecutors ordered should be kept secret.

Komskis told the commission he had nothing to do with the suspected buying of votes, noting he only knew about if from the media. He dismissed the incident as provocation. After the investigation was opened, he suspended his membership in the Order and Justice party. He plans on taking the Central Electoral Commission's decision to court.

"I am convinced that the Central Electoral Commission ignored the principle of the rule of law, thus committing a gross violation of my civil rights, therefore, I will defend my legitimate interests by all means and call to accountability all of those who plotted the dirty slander campaign against me and the party," Komskis said in a press release.

On Sunday, the Central Electoral Commission officially approved the results of the parliamentary elections in single- and multi-member voting.

The party is not to appeal against decision

The party has decided not to file an appeal against the ruling made by the Central Electoral Commission. "What's there to appeal? We do not have any argumentation. (...) The Central Electoral Commission's decision is the way it is," the party's acting leader Remigijus Žemaitaitis told BNS on Monday.

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