The Seimas of Lithuania has lowered the age limit for running for councilor or mayor to 18 years.
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

On Thursday, lawmakers adopted amendments to the Law on Elections to Municipal Councils with 58 votes in favor, four against and 48 abstentions. They now need to be signed by President Dalia Grybauskaitė to come into force.

Currently, candidates to the positions of councilors or mayors must be at least 20 years-old.

Sergejus Jovaiša, a member of the opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats and the author of the original bill, had proposed lowering the age threshold to 19 years, but lawmakers eventually decided to back an even lower age limit.

The examples of EU member states show that the dominating tendency is for candidates to local authorities be at least 18 years of age, Jovaiša said, adding that Lithuania is among only three EU members states were candidates must be over 18, with the other two being Cyprus (21 years) and Romania (23 years).

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

Tripartite Council fails to reach agreement on minimum wage

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

Seimas starts discussing dates for next year's elections

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday started discussions on draft resolutions setting the dates for...

Ruling party to name presidential candidate late this year or early next year

The Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) plans to name its presidential candidate late this...

MP Pavilionis won't run in Lithuanian conservatives' presidential primaries

Žygimantas Pavilionis , a lawmaker of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian...

Juozaitis to run for Lithuanian president, focus on language, family, education, justice

Arvydas Juozaitis , a philosopher and one of the initiators of the Sąjūdis national revival...