2019 Lithuanian presidential election

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2019 Lithuanian presidential election

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  Ingrida Simonyte 2019 (cropped).jpg Gitanas Nausėda (cropped).jpg
Nominee Ingrida Šimonytė Gitanas Nausėda
Party Independent (Homeland Union) Independent

Incumbent President

Dalia Grybauskaitė
Independent



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Presidential elections were held in Lithuania on 12 May 2019, with a second round to be held on 26 May 2019.[1] No candidate obtained 50% of the vote in the first round, resulting in a second round between the top two candidates, Ingrida Šimonytė and Gitanas Nausėda.

Due to a constitutional limit of two terms in office, incumbent president Dalia Grybauskaitė was unable to run, having won the 2009 and 2014 elections.

Electoral system[edit]

If no candidate wins an absolute majority of the votes with at least 50% turnout, or receives votes equal to at least one third of all registered voters, the election goes to a second round between the top two candidates[2].

Candidates[edit]

Approved candidates[edit]

Declined candidates[edit]

Opinion polls[edit]

First round[edit]

Date Vytenis Andriukaitis Arvydas Juozaitis Valentinas Mazuronis Gitanas Nausėda Mindaugas Puidokas Naglis Puteikis Ingrida Šimonytė Saulius Skvernelis Valdemar Tomaševski Other Don't Know Will Not Vote
May 2019[6] 5.5% 4.8% 1.2% 24.6% 1.9% 1.5% 26.2% 16.6% 1.8% 0.4% 6.9% 8.6%
April 2019[7] 4.2% 5% 0.6% 27.9% 0.7% 2.3% 24.8% 14.5% 1.9% 0.2% 8.4% 9.2%
March 2019[8] 4.7% 3.6% 23.5% 0.4% 22% 18.4% 1.7% 1.1% 9.8% 7.4%
February 2019[9] 2.8% 4.5% 27.3% 2.1% 20% 16%
November 2018[10] 4.7% 24.6% 2.4% 19.7% 13.2%
October 2018[11] 23% 2.4% 17.5% 12.8%
September 2018[12] 0.3% 3.3% 0.3% 19.7% 1.4% 8.0% 16.6% 13.9%
May 2018[13] 1.6% 1.6% 22.9% 2.7% 5.3% 12.8% 10.2% 11.9%
18 December 2017[14][15] 12% 7% 12.2% 32.6%

Second round[edit]

Results[edit]

The first round was narrowly won by former Finance Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, with economist Gitanas Nausėda finishing second. As neither candidate passed the threshold of 50% of votes cast, a run-off will be held between Šimonytė and Nausėda on 26 May.

After finishing a distant third, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announced his intention to resign on election night, with his resignation coming into effect on 12 July.[16]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Ingrida Šimonytė Independent 442,353 31.43
Gitanas Nausėda Independent 438,469 31.16
Saulius Skvernelis Independent 278,680 19.80
Vytenis Andriukaitis Social Democratic Party of Lithuania 67,802 4.82
Arvydas Juozaitis Independent 66,535 4.73
Valdemar Tomaševski Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania 56,411 4.01
Mindaugas Puidokas Independent 36,645 2.60
Naglis Puteikis Lithuanian Centre Party 11,214 0.80
Valentinas Mazuronis Independent 9,169 0.65
Invalid/blank votes 9,905
Total 1,417,183 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,486,915 56.99
Source: VRK

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seimas announced the dates for the 2019 elections". Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ IFES
  3. ^ "R. Valatka. Kitas premjeras ir kitas prezidentas – tas pats S. Skvernelis?". delfi.lt.
  4. ^ "Žygimantas Pavilionis is not going to participate in the presidential elections" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. 2018-09-17.
  5. ^ "Prezidento posto nesieksiantis Visvaldas Matijošaitis: „Apsisprendžiau per atostogas"". 15min.lt.
  6. ^ "Last rankings before the election: The leader has changed, the two candidates have decided firmly" (in Lithuanian).
  7. ^ "Recent Presidential Ratings: The Real Nervous War Begins" (in Lithuanian).
  8. ^ "Latest Presidential Rankings: One of the top three leaders has risen, the other has gone" (in Lithuanian).
  9. ^ "Prezidentiniuose reitinguose ryškėja du lyderiai" (in Lithuanian). delfi.lt. 2019-02-23.
  10. ^ "Naujausi prezidentiniai reitingai: į viršų lipa du kandidatai" (in Lithuanian). delfi.lt. 2018-11-24.
  11. ^ "Prezidento rinkimai: trejetukas keičiasi – į priekį veržiasi I. Šimonytė" (in Lithuanian). diena.lt. 2018-10-20.
  12. ^ "Kandidatų į prezidentus reitingai jau keičiasi: artėja didžiųjų permainų metas" (in Lithuanian). delfi.lt. 2018-09-13.
  13. ^ "Naujausi reitingai: vieno iš kandidatų sprendimas gali situaciją pakeisti iš esmės" (in Lithuanian). delfi.lt. 2018-05-21.
  14. ^ "Apklausa: Prezidento rinkimuose gyventojai palaikytų Saulių Skvernelį ir Gitaną Nausėdą". LZINIOS.
  15. ^ "Kas bus Prezidentas? Apklausos rezultatai". Rokiškis Rabinovičius (in Lithuanian). 2017-10-17.
  16. ^ "Lithuanian PM to quit in election upset". BBC News. 2019-05-13. Retrieved 2019-05-13.