Posts tagged as election

Concerns raised about COVID-19 restrictions during Riga election

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Juris Kokins, head of Riga City Central Election Commission (CVK) said August 12 on Latvian Television that he is worried about following precautionary measures for the prevention of COVID-19 spread during election period. He said holding election at COVID-19 times is a big challenge and it isn’t clear how and what to do. “The organizational side is just half the issue, but we do not know what the epidemiological and political atmosphere…

President Levits suggests OSCE assessment of Belarus election

Monday, August 10, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits issued a statement August 10 expressing hope that the Organization for Security and Economic Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) might be able to intervene to improve the situation in Belarus after President Alexader Lukashenko launched violent suppression of protests against an unbelievable election landslide in his favor. “As a neighbor of Belarus, Latvia fully supports the deep desire of the Belarusian people to live in their own independent, free and democratic…

Belarus election ‘regrettably’ not free and fair

Monday, August 10, 2020

Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus was not free and fair, says Lithuania’s foreign minister, but the country’s civil society has shown it wants change. “It’s difficult to call this election transparent, democratic and free, regrettably,” Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS on Monday. Belarus’ Central Electoral Commission said on Monday that Alexander Lukashenko won 80 percent of the vote, putting him on course to serve his sixth term as president. Sviatlana…

Face masks to be mandatory during Lithuania’s October election

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Election workers, voters and observers will have to wear face masks at polling locations during the October parliamentary election, the Central Electoral Commission decided on Wednesday. All voters waiting in lines will have to stand at least one metre apart. People will have to enter polling sites through one door and leave through another. Voters who will vote at home will be advised to fill out their ballots outside their…

Lithuania’s Labour Party leader not to stand for election

Friday, July 31, 2020

Lithuania’s Labour Party has named Vigilijus Jukna, a former agriculture minister, as their lead candidate for the October parliamentary election. Meanwhile, MEP Viktor Uspaskich, the party’s chairman, will not stand in the election at all. “I see myself in the executive branch, so I’m the party’s candidate for prime minister,” Uspaskich told reporters on Thursday evening after the party’s council announced the line-up of candidates. “If the election is a…

Poland’s tumultuous election – what’s in it for Lithuania?

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Thursday, July 2, 2020

With the incumbent Andrzej Duda facing off the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, LRT.lt spoke with experts about what the results of Poland’s presidential election might mean for Lithuania. Following a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda in July last year, Duda said “Lithuania’s security is very important for us and we pay attention to it, not only like neighbours, but also like important partners”. The same sentiment is…

NATO STRATCOMCOE talks “Securing Democracy. COVID-19 and Election”

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has another in its series of online conversations taking place this week, June 3. This time, the topic of the online conversation “Securing Democracy. COVID-19 and Elections” with  Ms Ingrid Bicu (Expert on strategic communications and elections, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Mr Sebastian Bay (Researcher, Swedish Defence Research Agency), Mr Nicholas Fang (Director, Singapore Institute of International Affairs) and Ms Monika Hanley (Fulbright Scholar, NATO StratCom COE).…

Lithuanian president sets general election for October

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Lithuania’s parliamentary elections will take place on October 11, according to a decree signed by President Gitanas Nausėda on Thursday. “The start of the political campaign will be unusual this time – amid strict restrictions applied to mass gatherings and events,” the president said in a press release. “However, its further course will largely depend on our progress in containing the spread of the coronavirus. I believe that the general…

PACE vice-president’s election branded “an absolute disgrace”

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The chairman of the Latvian Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Commitee delivered a damning verdict January 28 on the election of a Russian politician to a senior position at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Writing on Twitter, Rihards Kols (National Alliance) branded the elevation of Piotr Tolstoy to the role of Vice President of PACE “an absolute disgrace” and “truly shameful” given the latter’s record as a propagandist for Kremlin-backed media…

Vilnius University elects new head

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rimvydas Petrauskas, the dean of the Faculty of History, has been elected Vilnius University’s rector, replacing his predecessor Artūras Žukauskas. Petraukas was elected for a five-year term by the university’s council from six candidates. Rector is the most senior official, equivalent to university president or chancellor in English-speaking academia. Founded in 1579, Vilnius University is today the oldest and the biggest higher education institution in Lithuania. Petrauskas has said he…