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Several dozen voters braved the morning chill to queue outside a polling station in Vilnius' central Lukiskes Square as early voting in Lithuania's parliamentary runoff election started on Monday.
Voters line up in Vilnius as early voting in parliamentary runoff begins
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"The Lukiskes polling station was one of the most popular ones in the first round, too," Laura Matjosaityte, the head of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC), told BNS. "The location is very convenient."

She said that advance voting had got off to a smooth start, with no problems reported so far.

Lukiskes is one of the five advance voting locations set up in Vilnius.

A special drive-in polling site is available in the capital, as well as in several other cities, for voters in self-isolation due to COVID-19.

Arturas Petrosian, a 36-year-old man wo works as a publisher, was among those queuing up in Lukiskes Square.

"I voted in advance in the first round and I'm doing so now, too. It's more convenient to vote in advance. The morning is chilly, but one has to fulfill one's duty.

Advance polling stations across Lithuania opened at 7 a.m. and will close at 8 p.m.

Only three candidates secured an outright victory in their single-member constituencies in the first round of voting on October 11. The two front-runners in other constituencies are competing for MP seats in the October 25 runoff.

The opposition Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD) came in first in the first round, getting 24.8 percent of the national vote in the multi-member constituency where 70 of 141 MPs were elected.

The ruling Farmers and Greens Union finished second with 17.5 percent, followed by the Labor Party with 9.47 percent and the LSDP with 9.26 percent.

The liberal Freedom Union and the Liberal Movement received 9.02 percent and 6.79 percent, respectively.

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