VILNIUS – Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis expects high voter turnout in Sunday’s parliamentary polls and says that the results of voting will become a stocktaking of the work done by the government under his leadership.
According to him, voters have been provided with a possibility to exercise their constitutional right safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“First of all, I expect high turnout today. I would like as many people to vote as possible given that voting is truly safe and there are no risks. Let’s come and exercise our constitutional right and duty. Then we will be able to say that we deserve what we have chosen,” he told the reporters after casting his ballot at the Platiniskes polling station in Vilnius District.
According to Skvernelis, the incumbent ruling bloc and the government under his leadership had “to take a certain state examination – the pandemic, which has brought all our weaknesses and strengths to light”.
The prime minister pointed to the rapid economic recovery and said that the pandemic and the ensuing challenges had also “laid bare the problems and works”, which would have to be carried out by the new government.
Asked about reports that some people in self-isolation had had no opportunity to vote, Skvernelis admitted that the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) had not managed to avoid certain mistakes while organizing voting in extraordinary circumstances amid the pandemic.
The prime minister, who leads the Farmers and Greens Union's candidate list in the election, expressed hope that the center-left political forces would have a possibility to join together, create a coalition and ensure continuity after the polls.
According to the data from the CEC, 9.51 percent of voters cast their ballots by 11 a.m. on Sunday whereas overall activity, including early voting, reached 21.16 percent.