Lithuania's election watchdog revokes Kildisiene's MP mandate

  • 2017-01-24
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuania's Central Electoral Commission has revoked the MP mandate of Greta Kildisiene of the ruling Peasant and Green Union.

The decision was taken unanimously on Tuesday, with her powers to be terminated as of Thursday.

Kildiesiene gave up her mandate last week after it turned out she had concealed from her party fellows the investigation opened a decade ago about theft suspicions. The probe was then discontinued after compensation of damages.

"I failed to take account of my young mistakes upon the situation where I would become an MP and the Lithuanian Peasant and the Green Union would become the ruling party. I have not been charged but I realized that the facts that have been published have a negative effect on the reputation of the Lithuanian Peasant and the Green Union, which seeks implementation of principles of honesty, transparency, and openness in Lithuania," she said in a statement issued last Friday.

After Kildisiene's resignation, an election for the vacant mandate will take place in a single-member district of Anyksciai-Panevezys. The Central Electoral Commission has suggested holding them together with mayoral elections in Jonava and Sakiai on April 23.

Kildisiene came under public scrutiny last week over to a car leasing agreement between her mother and Agrokoncernas, a company owned by Karbauskis. The public unease was later fueled by questions regarding her education and the decade-old investigation of stealing suspicions.