Lithuania holds national vote, coalition talks expected

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP)—The polls opened on Sunday for the first round of parliamentary election in Lithuania, with the electorate preferring 141 national representatives, and with a powerful minority minority governing 4-party alliance.

The baltic polls at the elections indicate a marginalized gap from the new ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union to the opposition Conservative Left-Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, Labor's populist Faction, and the centre-right Reform Movement. The LDR is a representative in a minority government.

A recent increase in COVID-19 incidents, growing viral unemployment and economic problems, have been the key opponents of the present coalition government . The government has been supportive.

Five or six parties should reach the 5% cap to enter the assembly at Seimas but none would be backed by more than 20%, so it is quite probable that horse-trading negotiations to establish a new ruling alliance would follow the election.

The recent steep increase in Lithuania's coronavirus infections and new restrictions on the spread of COVID-19 could impact participation among 2,4 million registered voters in the region.

According to the Central Electoral Commission, about 7.3% have cast their votes in an early poll.

In constituencies where no individual is elected by a plurality, a second round of voting was scheduled for Oct. 25.

Many Lithuanians argue that government has done nothing to aid businesses lock down coronavirus, as the unemployment rate grew from 9% in February to over 14% in October.

The stringent health laws aimed at preventing the epidemic have left thousands of other patients lacking adequate access to health treatment.

Ruling coalition backers believe it is relatively mildly influenced by the pandemic in the Baltic coast.

So far, 5,963 coronaviral cases and just over 100 deaths have been recorded in Lithuania.

Since the declaration of independence from the Soviet Union in 1990, Lithuania has retained good political practices.

It has also played an important part in the demonstrations against the repressive leader of this country in neighboring Belarus.

Sviatlana Tsikhanousko, who left Belarus following challenges to Aleksandar Loukachenko in the country's presidential vote of August 9, was given shelter to Lithuania as an opposition figure.

Officials claimed that Lukashenko secured a sixth term in office but representatives of the opposition said the election had been fraudulently riddled.

Lithuania immediately levied sanctions on the Belarusians and the EU — a 27-nation bloc containing the three Baltic States — when backed up with sanctions, along with its Baltic neighbors Estonia and Latvia.

Belarus is not a Part of the European Union.