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World Lithuanians were active on Sunday, May 12, to vote in the presidential election and two referenda.
Lithuanians in London had to wait in long line to vote
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A reader of DELFI shared his photos how there was a long line to get into the Embassy of Lithuania in London in order to leave their votes.



“There is a long line in Embassy of Lithuania. There are many people that had not preregistered for the vote. Only three computers are used and the line is almost not moving”, wrote he.

Another voter said that she had not had to stay long in a line because she had a priority to enter because she came to vote with children.

20 thousand Lithuanians registered to vote in the United Kingdom. In 2016 during the Parliament election, only 5 thousand Lithuanians voted.

The following nine candidates are running for president: European Commissioner Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, philosopher Arvydas Juozaitis, MEP Valentinas Mazuronis, economist Gitanas Nauseda, MP Mindaugas Puidokas, MP Naglis Puteikis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, MP Ingrida Simonyte and MEP Valdemar Tomasevski.

One of them will in July replace incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite, who is ineligible for re-election after serving two five-year terms.

Voters. 2,472,405 people are eligible to elect a new president and vote in the two referenda.

Turnout. A mandatory referendum is deemed having taken place, if over one half (1,236,203) of the citizens, having the right to vote and having been registered in electoral rolls, have taken part in it. All ballot papers found in the ballot box, including invalid ballot papers, are counted to determine the turnout.

The calculation of votes on dual citizenship. Article 12 of Chapter 1 of the Lithuanian Constitution is under higher protection and needs the votes of more than half of all citizens in favor to be amended. The institute of dual citizenship will be expanded if at least 1,236,203 people vote in favor.

The calculation of votes on reducing the number of Seimas members. To amend Article 55 of the Constitution, more than half of all voters in the referenda, but no fewer than a third of all eligible voters, need to vote in favor. The number of lawmakers will be reduced if voter turnout exceeds 50 percent and over half of all voters in the referenda but no fewer than 824,135 eligible voters vote in favor.

The presidential election results. A new president is elected during the first round of voting if one candidate receives more than 50 percent of votes when at least 50 percent of all eligible voters come to vote. If the turnout is lower, at least a third of all eligible voters, or 824,135, need to vote for one candidate for him to win in the first round of voting.

If no candidate receives the necessary number of votes, a runoff is held for two candidates with the largest numbers of votes, and the candidate with the larger number of votes wins.

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