The VRK held a hearing and announced the decision on Sunday, 8 March. “Election results cannot be trusted, hence the VRK declared them invalid. We decided that a rerun election should be held on 7 June of this year. Candidates will be registered and constituency electoral committee formed anew,” the VRK Chairman Zenonas Vaigauskas told the journalists. According to him, there are no plans to ask for additional funds to organise elections. “Voters helped us save a considerable amount of money by electing 19 mayors already in the first round. Therefore we are not planning yet to ask for additional funds from the state budget,” said Vaigauskas. According to the chairman, on 7 June elections to the Seimas will most probably take place in those single-member constituencies where members of parliament were elected as mayors.
Based on preliminary data available to Rokas Stabingis, a member of the Central Electoral Commission (VRK), it was attempted to bribe over 1,000 voters in Trakai District.
According to Stabingis, a working group reviewed the results from 10 constituencies in the town of Trakai and found that seals of 444 covering letters of ballot papers were breached. He said this was a high number and the damage was possibly deliberate. Stabingis did not reveal which party might have benefited from this. According to him, “there were various parties and it was difficult to single out just one”.
The member of the VRK said a pre-trial investigation was launched because voters were transported to polling stations. “We believe that approximately 900-1,000 voters could have been given a lift taking advantage of the situation and influencing their will,” said Stabingis.