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Published: 19 november 2019 18:04

Seimas’ entry barrier may be too high for them: decide not to jump higher, but to create legislative ladders

Simonas Gentvilas, Naglis Puteikis ir Ramūnas Karbauskis
15min nuotr. / Simonas Gentvilas, Naglis Puteikis ir Ramūnas Karbauskis

There are many in Lithuania, who want to make it time to form new political parties prior to next year’s Seimas elections and current political powers are also certainly not all certain they will be able to overcome the current 5% vote barrier necessary to receive mandates in parliament. Thus, with less than a year next to the voting, amendments are being pushed through Seimas to reduce the barrier. The authors of this legislation are representatives of namely parties balancing on the 5% mark.

Seimas election law amendments, which would allow ease entry into Seimas and ease the reclaiming of the election deposit, have already been reviewed by two Seimas committees. One of them is seeking to open the paths to parliament even more – reduce the barrier to entry to 3% of the vote and 5% of the vote for coalitions. This idea was brought forth by MP Naglis Puteikis, a coalition led by whom was unable to receive enough mandates during the last elections.

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