Broader application of secret voting facilitates non-transparent deals, says Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© DELFI / Domantas Pipas

"Under the Constitution, secret ballot is mandatory in three cases only – on no-confidence in the government, the prime minister and one of the ministers. The list of cases for secret ballot envisaged in the Seimas Statute facilitates non-transparent deals and manipulations, thus raising reasonable doubts," the president said in a message to BNS via her press service.

"We need to stop covering under secret ballots," said Grybauskaitė in a position issued after MP Mindaugas Bastys survived an impeachment vote on Tuesday.

The Constitutional Court had concluded that the MP had committed a gross violation of his oath of office and the Constitution by concealing his ties with a former KGB agent.

Grybauskaitė dismissed the ballot as a political show.

On Wednesday, Bastys said he would give up his MP mandate. He took the decision to step down after an initiative announced at the parliament to take a repeated vote on revocation of his mandate.

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

Parliament speaker's removal vote fails

A vote on the removal of Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis failed on Tuesday...

Parliament board to hold emergency meeting on speaker's removal

The Board of the Lithuanian Seimas is set to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday night to discuss...

Over 50 MPs voice no-confidence in Seimas speaker

Fifty-three Lithuanian MPs have signed a document expressing no-confidence in Viktoras Pranckietis ,...

Lithuania drops to 23rd place on EU's Gender Equality Index

Lithuania fell to number 23 among the EU's 28 member states in the latest ranking by the European...

Karbauskis delegated to Seimas leadership

The ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union has decided to delegate Ramunas Karbauskis , its...