Seimas

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Seimas
Coat of arms of the Seimas of Lithuania.gif
Type
Type
Leadership
Speaker
Loreta GraužinienėDarbo partija
since 3 October 2013
Structure
Seats 141
2012_Lithuanian_Seimas_Seats.png
Political groups
     Social Democratic (38)
     Homeland Union (33)
     Labour (29)
     Order and Justice (11)
     Liberal Movement (10)
     Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania (8)
     The Way of Courage (7)
     Others (4)
Elections
Parallel voting with a 5% election threshold for proportional seats (7% for coalitions)
Last election
14 and 28 October 2012
Meeting place
New Lithuanian Parliament Hall.JPG
Seimas Palace, Vilnius
Website
www.lrs.lt
Coat of arms of Lithuania
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The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Respublikos Seimas), or simply the Seimas (pronounced: [sæ̠iˑmɐs]), is the unicameral Lithuanian parliament. It has 141 members that are elected for a four-year term. About half of the members of this legislative body are elected in individual constituencies (71), and the other half (70) are elected by nationwide vote according to proportional representation. A party must receive at least 5%, and a multi-party union at least 7%, of the national vote to be represented in the Seimas.

Elections[edit]

The Seimas uses parallel voting, with elections for the 70 proportional seats and the 71 constituency seats held on separate days. The proportional seats are allocated by the Hare quota, with a 5% election threshold (or 7% for electoral alliances) to gain list seats.

Latest election[edit]

Party Proportional Constituency
seats
Total
seats
+/–
Votes % Seats
Social Democrats 251,610 18.37 15 23 38 Increase13
Homeland Union 206,590 15.08 13 20 33 Decrease12
Labour Party 271,520 19.82 17 12 29 Increase19
Order and Justice 100,120 7.31 6 5 11 Decrease 4
Liberal Movement 117,476 8.57 7 3 10 Decrease 1
Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania 79,840 5.83 5 3 8 Increase 5
The Way of Courage 109,448 7.99 7 7 New
Peasant and Greens Union 53,141 3.88 1 1 Decrease 2
Liberal and Centre Union 28,263 2.06 Decrease 8
YES 24,129 1.76 New
Socialist People's Front 16,515 1.21 Steady
Christian Party 16,494 1.20 New
For Lithuania in Lithuania 12,854 0.94 New
Young Lithuania 8,632 0.63 Steady
Democratic Labour and Unity Party 4,383 0.32 New
Emigrants Party 4,015 0.29 New
Republican Party 3,661 0.27 New
Lithuanian People's Party 3,399 0.25 New
Independents 3 3 Decrease 1
Invalid/blank votes 57,924
Total 1,370,014 100 70 70 (1 to go) 140
Registered voters/turnout 2,588,418 52.93
Source: VRK


Seimas Palace[edit]

Seimas Palace
Inside Seimas Palace

Seimas Palace (Lithuanian: Seimo Rūmai) was designed by architects Algimantas Nasvytis, his brother Vytautas Nasvytis, and Robertas Stasėnas.[1]

Plenary sittings[edit]

When the Seimas is in session, there are four plenary sittings of the Seimas per week: two on Tuesday and two on Thursday, which are represented by the speaker of the Seimas or his deputy. As a rule, all sittings of the Seimas are open.

Members (since 1990)[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Tomas Venclova. Vilnius. R. Paknys Publishing House, Vilnius, 2002, p. 191.

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