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Published: 20 august 2012 13:59

Vilnius mayor's initiative to call referendum on reducing parliament fails

Artūras Zuokas
Juliaus Kalinsko / 15min nuotr. / Artūras Zuokas

Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas' initiative to hold a referendum on the reduction of the number of MPs alongside the upcoming general election has failed to secure public support.

The initiative group, called "YES to the Revival of the Seimas", failed to collect at least 300,000 signatures over the period of three months, managing to collect under 125,000 signatures.

The group wanted to hold a referendum on the reduction of the number of MPs from 141 to 101, extension of the parliament term to five years and moving the date for the Seimas election from fall to spring. The group also wanted to propose allowing a person to be elected to parliament only two consecutive terms.

The initiative group presented signatures collected and empty signature sheets to the Central Electoral Commission on Monday.

"It's impossible to collect 300,000 signatures under existing regulations," Zuokas said at a press conference. In his words, the problem is not in the number but in the requirement for a signatory to have an ID.

The number of members of the Seimas, the duration of their term and the election date are stipulated in the Constitution. A motion to alter or supplement the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania may be submitted to the Seimas by a group of no fewer than 1/4 of all MPs or no fewer than 300,000 voters.

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