- April 28, 2014
6, 5% of Poles on the list of Lithuanian candidates for European Parliament election
The Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission (CEC) presented a profile of an average candidate for the European Parliament election – this is a 48-year-old man of Lithuanian nationality who has completed higher education and whose assets were estimated to be 1,379,000 litas.
The European Parliament election is taking place on May, 25th. Lithuania will elect 11 MEPs. In Lithuania 215 candidates – 62 women and 153 men – run for 11 seats. Most candidates – 28,5% – are in the age group between 45 and 54 years of age.
76-year-old Gabriel Jan Mincewicz representing a coalition of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania and the Russian Alliance called “The Block of Waldemar Tomaszewski” is the oldest candidate. 23-year-old Ieva Kačinskaitė-Urbonienė, an adviser to the Speaker of Lithuanian Seimas is the youngest candidate. She runs for election on the Labor Party ticket.
The candidates representing the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania have the highest average age (56,3 years of age) and those representing the Green Party have the lowest average age (42,1 years of age).
183 Lithuanians (85,12%), 14 Poles (6,51%), 6 Russians (2,79%), one Armenian, Jew, and Belorussian (0,47%) will run for the European Parliament election in Lithuania. 9 candidates did not declare their nationality.
All of the candidates for the European Parliament election declared assets amounting to nearly 297,000,000 litas – CEC informs.
A representative of the Liberal Movement, Antanas Guoga, is the richest candidate (he declared assets amounting to over 93,000,000 litas). Ramūnas Karbauskis from the Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union takes second place among the richest candidates (nearly 42,000,000 litas), a social democrat Bronius Bradauskas with nearly 27,000,000 litas comes in third, Remigijus Lapinskas from the Green Party (over 20,000,000 litas) is the fourth richest candidate, and Almontas Kybartas from the above-mentioned Green Party takes fifth place in this ranking (9,000,000 litas).
A deputy representing the Labor Party, Wiktor Uspaskich, took sixth place on that list by declaring assets estimated to be 5,434,000 litas. Artūras Zuokas, the Vilnius mayor, is also one of the ten richest candidates – he declared assets amounting to 5,363,000 litas.
According to the CEC’s data, the Liberal Movement ticket is the “richest” list of candidates. Average value of assets in this party amounts to 4,600,000 litas. The Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union with an average value of assets of 2,280,000 litas as well as the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (1,800,000 litas) are just behind.
The ticket of “The Block of Waldemar Tomaszewski” is the most modest ticket in this regard (213,500 litas).
On the basis of BNS
Tłumaczenie by Martyna Kołtun w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Martyna Kołtun within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.