Candidates to Lithuanian president's office start collecting signaturesThe Lithuania Tribune

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The candidates that aim at take part in the presidential election, which will take place on 11 May 2014, in Lithuania have already begun collecting signatures. Voters may support candidates by signing once either online or in signature sheets, The Baltic Course reports with reference to the news agency ELTA.

According to the Central Electoral Commission, signatures are being collected by ten aspirants: the Labour Party’s nominee Artūras Paulauskas; the leader of the Lithuania’s Green Party Linas Balsys; social democratic nominee MEP Zigmantas Balčytis; Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas; signatory Rolandas Paulauskas; leader of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania Valdemar Tamoševski; Lithuanian Peasant and Greens Union’s nominee Bronis Ropė; current President Dalia Grybauskaitė; MP Naglis Puteikis; and the Chair of the Democratic Labour and Unity Party Kristina Brazauskienė, widow of former President Algirdas Brazauskas.

Based on the data received by 11 am on 24 February, the incumbent President Grybauskaitė has, so far, received most signatures online (2,120). The second was Vilnius Mayor Artūras Zuokas (260 signatures) and the third was the Chair of the Lithuania’s Green Party Linas Balsys (123 signatures).

Meanwhile, MP Puteikis has collected 96 signatures, Signatory Paulauskas – 71 signatures, MP Paulauskas – 57 signatures, MEP Balčytis – 55 signatures, Ignalina Mayor Ropė – 44 signatures, Brazauskienė  – 19 signatures, and the leader of the LLRA party Tomasevski – 10 signatures. These pretenders received signature sheets from the Central Electoral Commission on Saturday.

The last day to issue signature sheets is 10 April; the last day to bring them back to the Electoral Commission is 27 April. The shortest set term to collect signatures is two weeks.

The Central Electoral Commission registers a person as candidate to the Office of President of the Republic of Lithuania only if that person is supported at least by 20,000 voters.