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Lithuania's Central Electoral Commission is planning to allocate on Thursday a total of 2.751 million euros in state grants to political parties for the second half of 2020.
Election watchdog to distribute over EUR 2.7 mln among political parties
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"What differs from the spring is that one party, the Order and Justice, is being liquidated," Lina Petroniene, head of the CEC Unit for Controlling the Funding of Political Parties and Political Campaigns, said during the commission's meeting.

"With one party under liquidation, eight parties will receive appropriations based on the votes received and one party (will get them) because it was established after the (2016) Seimas election," the official said.

"This is the last decision based on the results of the 2016 election. (The allocation of grants next) spring will be based on the results of this year's election, "she added.

Some 733,900 euros were granted to the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, 650,600 euros to the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, and 505,500 euros to the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party.

Another 280,300 euros go to the Liberal Movement, 203,700 euros to the Labor Party, 164,400 euros to the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania-Christian Families Alliance, 123,100 euros to the Center Party-Nationalists, and 89,500 euros to the Freedom and Justice Party.

The money was distributed among the parties in proportion to how many votes they won in the 2016 parliamentary elections and in the 2019 municipal and European Parliament elections.

The grants for the second half of 2020 amount to 0.6 euros per vote, according to the election watchdog.

The Lithuanian Social Democratic Labor Party was allocated 225,800 euros based on a different article of the law that allows providing public funding to a new political party founded after elections if it has a political group in the parliament.

State grants are transferred to political parties twice a year, on April 15 and November 15.

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