Some 34.09 percent of those who cast their votes, or 463,957 people, said ‘yes’ to the construction of the new nuclear facility and 62.68 percent of voters, or 853,149 people, said ‘no’ to the project, the Central Electoral Commission (VRK) confirmed officially on Thursday.
Of more than 2.58 million eligible voters, 1,361,059 took part in the referendum.
Zenonas Vaigauskas, the commission’s chairman, told on Thursday night that the panel had not received any complaints about violations of referendum procedures. The commission received some complaints related with promotion campaign, yet those were examined before the referendum’s day.
The Zarasai-Visaginas electoral constituency was the only one in which the supporters of the new facility outnumbered the opponents, with more than 65 percent voting in favor.
The town of Visaginas, which is part of the constituency, is the proposed site for building a new nuclear power plant.
All other electoral constituencies saw their voters oppose the nuclear facility project.
Of those voting abroad, slightly more than a half of voters, or 50.49 percent, supported the construction of the new nuclear facility.
The non-binding referendum on the construction of a new nuclear power plant was initiated by the Seimas (parliament), and the idea was mostly supported by opposition MPs. Voters were asked to respond ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the statement, "I support the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the Republic of Lithuania."