Seimas inclined to hold dual citizenship referendum with 2-week gap
The majority of members of the Lithuanian parliament back a proposal to hold a dual citizenship referendum on two days with a gap of two weeks between them.
Agnė Širinskienė of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), who chairs the parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs, said on Tuesday that holding a referendum in tandem with next May's president election would help increase the voter turnout.
"Based on information from the Central Electoral Commission, that extra day brings around 8 percent new voters to the polls in a presidential election run-off, which means that 8 percent more Lithuanian citizens will likely vote in the referendum," she said.
A draft resolution to hold a dual citizenship referendum on May 12 and 26, in tandem with the first and run-off rounds of the presidential election, on Tuesday passed the second reading in the parliament in a vote of 68 to three with 34 abstentions.
The resolution is yet to pass the third and final reading to be adopted.
Armonaitė said the proposed referendum with a two-week interval would violate the principle of continuity.