Parties and individual candidates who fail to register as participants of the political campaign will not be allowed to run for the election to the country's parliament.
By the end of office hours on Thursday, a total of 397 parties and candidates were registered for the election, including 27 parties with 327 candidates and 43 independent candidates.
This year's elections will feature six new parties, namely, the Democratic Labor and Unity Party, the party Drąsos Kelias, Emmigrants' Party, the Lithuanian People's Party, the Lithuanian List, and TAIP Union. The restored Lithuanian Nationalist Union also registered for the election.
Candidates are proposed in all single-mandate districts. So far, the highest number of candidates – eight – have registered in Šilainių, Kalniečių and Dainavos districts in Kaunas, Baltijos and Marių districts in Klaipėda and Vakarinė and Aukštaitijos districts in Panevėžys. The number of candidates single-mandate districts is yet to rise.
Friday also marks the start of applications. The central electoral body will accept documents from parties and their candidates, while district commissions will accept documents from individuals planning to run for the polls.