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Published: 23 october 2012 11:20

Lithuanian Parliament not to discuss constitutionality of election results

Manoma, kad buvo papirkinėjami romai.
Andriaus Ufarto/BFL nuotr. / Voting

The Board of the Lithuanian Seimas decided against holding an extraordinary plenary sitting over going to the Constitutional Court regarding alleged election procedure violations, since there are no final results yet.

Speaker of the Seimas Irena Degutienė has told journalists after the meeting that the law allows contesting only final results which are not confirmed yet, therefore, any decision by the Seimas to go to the Constitutional Court would be unlawful.

"The Board of the Seimas was summoned today in response to a request by the Nationalist Union over election violations for the Seimas to decide to go to the Constitutional Court or not. (…) Following discussions both with lawyers and with the head of the Central Electoral Commission, the Law on Elections to the Seimas clearly says that we can turn to the Constitutional Court over violations only after the final results are in," the speaker said.

"In this case, only the first round of voting is over and there are no final results. So that's why we are not holding an extraordinary Seimas sitting as we don’t have the final results. Our decision to turn to the court, if the Seimas had decided to do so, would have been unlawful," Degutienė said.

Following a failure during the general elections, the Nationalist Union asked the President and the Seimas on Monday to turn to the Constitutional Court over election results.

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