REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                                     
                                                                                
          Law on Elections to Local Government Councils                         
                                                                                
                     7 July  1994 No. I-532                                     
                                                                                
                      I. General Provisions                                     
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 1. Principles of Elections of Members to Local                     
               Government Councils of the Republic of  Lithuania                
                                                                                
     Members of   local government Councils (hereinafter referred               
to as  Councils) shall  be elected   for  a  term of two years in               
multi-member  electoral areas on the basis of universal and equal               
suffrage by  secret ballot  by direct  voting  according  to  the               
electoral system of proportional representation.                                
     Elections  of   members  to   all  Councils  shall  be  held               
concurrently. They  shall be  announced  by  the  Seimas  of  the               
Republic of  Lithuania at  least three months prior to the day of               
election.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 2. Universal Suffrage                                              
                                                                                
     Citizens of  the Republic  of Lithuania  who, on  the day of               
election, are  18 years  of age or  over, shall have the right to               
vote. Persons who have been declared incapable by court shall not               
participate in the elections.                                                   
     Any citizen  of the  Republic of Lithuania who on the day of               
election is  21 years  of age  or over  shall be  eligible to  be               
elected as a  Council member.                                                   
     Persons who,  on the  day of  election, are  in the national               
defence service  or alternative  service, as  well  as  officers,               
non-commissioned  officers,  and  re-enlistees  of  the  national               
defence system,  the police and the internal affairs service, and               
other paid  officers of  the military  and security  services who               
have not  retired from  service by  the  day  of  appointment  of               
election day,  shall not  be eligible  to be  elected as  Council               
members.                                                                        
     Members of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania shall not               
be eligible  to be  elected as  Council members  if their term of               
office expires after more than three months.                                    
     Persons who  have not  served a  court-imposed sentence,  as               
well as  persons who have been declared incapable by court, shall               
not be eligible to be elected as Council members.                               
     Other direct  or indirect  abridgements of the right to vote               
of citizens  of the Republic of Lithuania on the grounds of their               
sex, nationality,  language, descent, social status, religion, or               
convictions or attitudes shall be prohibited.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 3. Equal Suffrage                                                  
                                                                                
     Every citizen of the Republic of Lithuania who has the right               
to vote  shall have  one vote in  one electoral area; the vote of               
each citizen having the right to vote shall be of  equal value.                 
     All citizens  shall be  represented in  the Councils  on  an               
equal basis according to the representation quota.                              
                                                                                
     Article 4. Direct Elections                                                
                                                                                
     There shall be no voting by proxy in the election of Council               
members.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 5. Secret Ballot                                                   
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Voters shall  vote in  person and by secret ballot. It shall               
be prohibited to control the will of the voters during elections.               
                                                                                
     Article 6. Publicity of the Preparation and Conduct of                     
               Elections                                                        
                                                                                
     Electoral committees  shall prepare  and  conduct  elections               
publicly. Public  notice must  be given  of all events (meetings,               
sittings) related  to the  organisation of  elections at least 24               
hours prior to the beginning of said event.                                     
     The electoral  committees shall  inform the  citizens  about               
their work,  the formation  of electoral areas and districts, the               
membership of the electoral committees, the addresses and working               
hours of  their offices,  the  lists  of  voters,  the  lists  of               
candidates to  Council  members,  and  the  voting  and  election               
results.                                                                        
     Representatives of  the mass  media  shall have the right to               
participate without  hindrance in  all the  events  organised  by               
electoral committees,  as well  as to  obtain information  on the               
preparation and conduct of elections.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 7. Expenses Related to the Preparation and Conduct                 
               of Elections                                                     
                                                                                
     Expenses related to the preparation and conduct of elections               
of  Council members shall be reimbursed by the State.                           
                                                                                
                II. Electoral Areas and Districts                               
                                                                                
     Article 8. Formation of Electoral Areas                                    
                                                                                
     For the  organisation and  conduct of  elections, one multi-               
member electoral  area shall  be formed  in the  territory of the               
local government;  all citizens  of the Republic of Lithuania who               
have the right to vote and permanently reside in the territory of               
that local government shall vote in that electoral area.                        
     According to  the proportionate  system  of  election    the               
following number  of Council  members   shall be  elected in  the               
electoral area:                                                                 
                                                                                
     over 500,000 people                - 51 Council members;                   
     from 300,000 to 500,000 people     - 41 Council members;                   
     from 100,000 to 300,000 people     - 31 Council members;                   
     from  50,000 to 100,000 people     - 27 Council members;                   
     from  20,000 to 50,000 people      - 25 Council members;                   
     up to 20,000 people                - 21 Council members.                   
                                                                                
     Electoral areas  and the  number of  Council members  to  be               
elected shall  be announced by the Central Electoral Committee at               
least 85 days prior to the elections.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 9. Formation of Electoral Districts                                
                                                                                
     Electoral  areas   shall  be   subdivided   into   electoral               
districts. The  subdivision of each electoral area into electoral               
districts and   the  number and size of electoral districts shall               
be established by a local government electoral committee at least               
70 days prior to the elections.                                                 
     No more  than 5,000 voters may reside in the territory of an               
electoral district.  The local  government  electoral  committees               
shall, within  7 days  of the  approval of  the list of electoral               
districts, inform  the voters of the boundaries of each electoral               
district, as well as its headquarters and polling place thereof.                
                                                                                
                 III. Organisation of Elections                                 
                                                                                
     Article 10. Electoral Committees                                           
                                                                                
     Elections to the local government Council shall be organised               
and conducted by:                                                               
     1) the Central Electoral Committee;                                        
     2) the electoral committees of  electoral areas; and                       
     3) the electoral committee of electoral districts.                         
     Members of  electoral committees  may not  be  nominated  as               
candidates to Council members.                                                  
     Citizens of  the Republic  of Lithuania  may be nominated as               
candidates to  the electoral committee members provided that they               
are eligible to be elected as Council members and have never been               
removed  from  the  electoral  committee  for  the  violation  of               
election laws.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 11.  Powers of the Central Electoral Committee                     
                                                                                
     The Central  Electoral Committee  is the supreme institution               
for the organisation of elections.                                              
     The Central Electoral Committee shall:                                     
     1) monitor  the implementation  of this  Law,  ensure  equal               
application  thereof,   on  the   basis  of   this  Law   publish               
instructions  and   comments  concerning   the  organisation   of               
elections;                                                                      
     2) form  local government  electoral committees  and appoint               
their chairpersons;                                                             
     3)  upon   the  recommendation   of  political  parties  and               
political  organisations   which  take  part  in  the  elections,               
register  their   representatives  under  the  Central  Electoral               
Committee and issue them certificates;                                          
     4) establish  the samples  and model forms of ballot-papers,               
voter certificates,   certificates  of Council  members,  voucher               
envelopes and  outer envelopes for voting by mail, other official               
envelopes, packages,  documents, seals  used  in  the  elections,               
voting boxes,  the  samples  for  the  filling  thereof  and  the               
procedure for sealing ballot-papers;                                            
     5)  collect   information  on  the  formation  of  electoral               
committees of  electoral areas and districts, calculate the total               
number thereof,  distribute the  funds among the local government               
electoral committees,  allocated for  the elections by the State,               
and consider  issues concerning  the material-technical supply of               
the elections;                                                                  
     6) approve  the results  of the  elections of members to all               
local government  Councils  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania  and               
publish reports thereon in the press;                                           
     7) consider  complaints and  pass decisions thereon in cases               
established by this Law;                                                        
     8) revoke  decisions of  electoral committees if they are in               
conflict with this Law;                                                         
     9) declare  elections  invalid  if  in  the  course  thereof               
election documents  were falsified  or other illegal actions were               
performed which affected materially  the election results; and                  
     10) exercise other powers provided by this Law.                            
                                                                                
     Article 12. Formation of Electoral Committees of Electoral                 
               Areas                                                            
                                                                                
     Electoral committees  of electoral areas shall be formed and               
their chairpersons  shall be  appointed by  the Central Electoral               
Committee at least 80 days prior to the election day.                           
     Electoral committees of electoral areas  shall be formed for               
the term of  the elections to the Councils and shall consist of:                
     two persons  who permanently reside or work in the territory               
of the  electoral area and who have been trained as lawyers; said               
persons shall be nominated by the Minister of Justice; and                      
                                                                                
     two  persons who permanently reside or work in the territory               
of the  electoral area and who have been trained as lawyers; said               
persons shall be nominated by the Lithuanian Society of Lawyers.                
     The Minister  of  Justice  and  the  Lithuanian  Society  of               
Lawyers may nominate more than two candidates.                                  
                                                                                
     Upon receiving   mandates  of the Seimas members in a multi-               
member  electoral   area  according  to  the  list  of  nominated               
candidates  (joint   list),  political   parties  and   political               
organisations shall  have the  right to nominate to the electoral               
committee of  the electoral  area their   two representatives for               
every list  of candidates nominated in the multi-member electoral               
area (joint  list). The  Central  Electoral  Committees  may  not               
reject these  candidatures. If no candidatures are proposed,  the               
Central Electoral   Committee  may   in their  place additionally               
approve as  committee members  the candidates  nominated  by  the               
Ministry of Justice or the Lithuanian Society of Lawyers.                       
     At  its   first  sitting,  the  electoral  committee  of  an               
electoral area shall elect its  chairperson,  deputy chairperson,               
and secretary.                                                                  
                                                                                
     Article 13. Powers of Electoral Area Electoral Committees                  
                                                                                
     Electoral area electoral committees shall:                                 
     1) monitor  the implementation  of this Law in the territory               
of the electoral area;                                                          
     2) divide the territory of the electoral area into electoral               
districts, establish  their boundaries,  centres,  their  working               
hours, and  polling stations, form  electoral district committees               
and appoint their chairpersons;                                                 
     3)  co-ordinate   the  activities   of  district   electoral               
committees;                                                                     
     4) distribute  State funds allocated for the elections among               
the district   electoral  committees and  consider the  issues of               
material-technical supply of elections;                                         
     5) hear the reports of  district electoral committees on the               
organisation and conduct of elections;                                          
     6) approve the wording of the ballot papers and deliver them               
to the Central Electoral Committee according to the procedure and               
by the  date established  by the Committee, organise the delivery               
of ballot papers to the district electoral committees;                          
     7) on  the nomination  of political  parties  and  political               
organisations taking  part in  the elections,  register and issue               
certificates to  their  representatives  in  the  area  electoral               
committees and election observers;                                              
     8) establish  the results  of the elections in the electoral               
area, and draw up vote calculation records in the electoral area;               
     9) establish  the results  of the  elections of  the Council               
members and  the elected  Council members,  deliver the  election               
material to  the Central  Electoral Committee  for approving  the               
final  results   of  the  elections;  upon  the  passing  of  the               
resolution by  the Central  Electoral Committee shall publish the               
list of  the elected  local government  Council  members  in  the               
press;                                                                          
     10) consider  petitions and  appeals against  the actions of               
district electoral committees and pass decision thereon; and                    
     11) carry out other powers under this Law.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 14. Formation of  District Electoral Committees                    
                                                                                
      District  electoral committees  shall be  formed and  their               
chairpersons shall  be appointed  by the area electoral committee               
at least 60 days prior to the election day.                                     
      District  electoral committees  shall be  formed  from  the               
candidates  nominated   by  the   political  parties,   political               
organisations that  have received  mandates of the Seimas members               
in the  multi-member electoral  area according  to  the  list  of               
nominated candidates  (joint   list). The above political parties               
and political  organisations shall  have the right to nominate up               
to three  representatives of  said parties  and  organisation  as               
candidates to  district electoral committee. If no candidates are               
nominated,  the  area  electoral  committee  may  proportionately               
increase the representation quota of political parties, political               
organisations.                                                                  
     District  electoral  committees  shall  elect  their  deputy               
chairperson and secretary at the first sitting.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 15. Powers of the  District Electoral Committee                    
                                                                                
     The district electoral  committee shall:                                   
     1) obtain   lists  of voters  from the  executive bodies  of               
local governments,  review and approve them;                                    
     2) consider  complaints concerning  errors made in the lists               
of voters;                                                                      
     3) deliver  the list   of voters of the district to the area               
electoral committee at least 30 days prior to the election day;                 
     4) hand  in or deliver in any other way,  voter certificates               
to the voters;                                                                  
     5) ensure  that polling  places and  ballot-boxes  meet  the               
requirements established by this Law;                                           
     6) on the election day organise voting in the district;                    
     7) calculate  votes of  the district  and  draw  up  a  vote               
calculation record of the district;                                             
     8) consider  the appeals  of    voters,  representatives  of               
political parties  and political  organisations in  the electoral               
committees   and election  observers  on  issues  concerning  the               
preparation of  elections, organisation of voting, calculation of               
votes, and the compilation of vote calculation records, and  pass               
decisions relative thereto; and                                                 
     9) exercise other powers provided by this Law.                             
                                                                                
     Article 16. Organisation of Electoral Committee Work                       
                                                                                
     The sittings of electoral committees shall be valid if they                
 are attended by at least 3/5 of the committee members. Committee               
decisions shall  be adopted  by an  open majority   vote  of  the               
committee members  attending the  sitting. In  the event of a tie               
vote, the  vote of  the chairperson  of the  committee  shall  be               
decisive. Committee  members who disagree with the decision shall               
have the  right to  voice their  individual opinion  in  writing,               
which   shall be  attached to  the minutes  of the  sitting. Upon               
termination of  voting, district  electoral committees  may  only               
adopt decisions  which are  relative to  the compilation  of vote               
calculation records.                                                            
     Sittings of electoral  committees shall be open. They may be               
attended by  the representatives  of political parties, political               
organisations in the electoral committees, and election observers               
and representatives of all mass media.                                          
     Upon the formation of electoral committees, the chairpersons               
and members  thereof shall  be prohibited from campaigning in any               
form and  from  exerting,  in any manner, influence upon the will               
of the  voters. Persons who violate this provision may be removed               
from the electoral committee.                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 17. Appeals against the Decisions of Electoral                     
               Committees Passed prior to the Termination of                    
               Voting                                                           
                                                                                
     The  representatives  of  political  parties  and  political               
organisations in the electoral committees, election observers and               
voters  may appeal to a superior electoral committee  against the               
                                                                                
decisions ofelectoral  committees passed prior to the termination               
of voting as follows:                                                           
     1)  against   decisions   passed   by   district   electoral               
committees -- to the area electoral committee ;                                 
     2) against  decisions passed by area electoral committees --               
to the Central Electoral Committee; and                                         
     3)  against   decisions  passed  by  the  Central  Electoral               
Committee -- to the Supreme Court of Lithuania.                                 
     Appeals must  be investigated   within  48 hours  from   the               
filing thereof.  Days off  shall also  be included  in this  time               
limit. The decision of the Supreme Court shall be final.                        
                                                                                
     Article 18. Assistance for Electoral Committees                            
                                                                                
     Heads  and   officers  of   State   and   local   government               
institutions, enterprises,  offices and organisations must assist               
electoral committees  in exercising their powers and must furnish               
them with necessary information.                                                
     State  and   local  government   institutions,  enterprises,               
offices, and  organisations as  well as  their heads and officers               
must, no  later than within 3 days, consider  requests  submitted               
by electoral committees and give justified responses.                           
     Electoral committees  may  employ  the  required  number  of               
personnel for auxiliary work.                                                   
     Local governments, State institutions and organisations must               
provide electoral  committees with premises and equipment for the               
preparation and conduct of elections.                                           
                                                                                
     Article 19. Remuneration of Electoral Committee Members                    
                                                                                
     For their  work in  electoral committees,  the  chairpersons               
and members  thereof  shall receive remuneration according to the               
rates submitted  by the  Central Electoral  Committee,approved by               
the Government.     Article  20.   Changing  the  Composition  of               
Electoral Committees                                                            
      Chairpersons  and members  of electoral  committees may  be               
dismissed from  their posts  in the committees by the institution               
which approved the composition of the committee.  As necessary, a               
new chairperson  or a  member of  electoral committees  shall  be               
appointed according to the procedure established by this Law.                   
                                                                                
     IV. Lists of Voters                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 21. Compiling  the Lists of Voters                                 
                                                                                
     For  the  conduct  of  elections,  voters'  lists  of  every               
electoral  district  shall  be  compiled.  Said  lists  shall  be               
compiled by  the executive  bodies of relevant local governments,               
signed by  their chief executives, and delivered to the  district               
electoral committees  at least 40 days prior to the election day.               
The approved  lists of  voters shall be signed by the chairperson               
and secretary of the district electoral committee.                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 22. General Procedure for Placing Citizens in                      
               Voters' Lists                                                    
                                                                                
     Citizens of  the Republic  of Lithuania  who are entitled to               
vote and  who, at  the moment  of compiling the voters' list, are               
permanently residing  in the  territory of  the  given  electoral               
district shall be placed  in the voters' list.                                  
     In the event that a voter changes his or her permanent place               
of residence after the compilation of these lists, said voter may               
be placed  in the  voters' list  of the  new place  of residence,               
provided that  he or  she has  submitted an  application  to  the               
electoral committee  of this  district concerning registration in               
the voters'  list at  least 25  days prior  to the elections. The               
district electoral committee must see to it that the name of said               
voter is  struck from  the voters' list of the electoral district               
of his or her former permanent place of residence.                              
                                                                                
     Article 23. Registration of National Defence Servicemen  in                
               Voters' Lists                                                    
                                                                                
     Persons performing  military or alternative service shall be               
placed in  the voters'  lists of the electoral districts on whose               
territory they resided permanently before conscription.                         
     Officers  of   the  national  defence  system  and  internal               
service,   non-commissioned officers,  and re-enlistees  shall be               
placed   in the  voters' lists of the electoral district on whose               
territory they permanently reside.                                              
                                                                                
     Article 24. Registration  of Persons who are in the Places                 
               of Confinement  in Voters' Lists                                 
                                                                                
     Persons who  are in   places  of confinement shall be placed               
in the voters' lists of the electoral district in whose territory               
they resided permanently prior to their confinement.                            
                                                                                
     Article 25. Registration of Voters  in  One List Only                      
                                                                                
      Every  voter may  only be  registered in  one voters' list.               
Compliance with  this requirement shall be checked by the Central               
Electoral Committee.  Upon establishing  that a  voter's name  is               
placed in  the voters' lists of more than one electoral district,               
the Committee  shall notify   the voter at least 20 days prior to               
the election,  so that said voter could , within 10 days,  inform               
in which   voters'  list  he or she wishes  to be registered.  If               
said voter  fails to make a choice within the established period,               
the area  electoral committee   shall  register him or her in the               
voters' list  of  the  electoral  district  in  which,  in  their               
opinion, it  would be  more convenient for the voter to vote, and               
shall, within  3 days,   inform  the voter  thereof.      Such  a               
decision of  the area  electoral committee  may not  be  appealed               
against.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 26. Public Announcement of Voters' Lists                           
                                                                                
     The electoral district committee shall, at least 30 days                   
 prior to the elections, announce publicly that the voters' lists               
have  been   completed  and  shall  provide  the  voters  with  a               
possibility   to get  acquainted with  the lists,  informing  the               
voters of the time and place for doing this.                                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 27. Reviewing Voters' Lists                                        
                                                                                
     Any  voter   or  representative  of  a  political  party  or               
political organisation  in the  electoral  committee  may  submit               
comments     to  the   district  electoral  committee  concerning               
inaccuracies in  a voters'  list at  least 10  days prior  to the               
elections. The  district electoral   committee must consider such               
comments and  pass   a decision  thereon within  48 hours  of the               
receipt  thereof.     The  decision  of  the  district  electoral               
committee may be appealed against to the area electoral committee               
within 48  hours.  The  area  electoral  committee  must  pass  a               
decision within  48 hours of the receipt of the appeal.  Decision               
of the area electoral committee shall be final.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 28. Appeals Concerning Restoration of the Right to                 
               Vote                                                             
                                                                                
     Voters, representatives  of a  political party  or political               
organisation in  the electoral  committee or  election  observers               
shall submit   to  the  district  electoral    committee  appeals               
concerning  errors in a voters' list by reason of which the voter               
may not  implement  his  or  her  right  to  vote.  The  district               
electoral committee must consider  the appeal and pass a decision               
thereon at least within 24 hours of the receipt thereof.                        
     The decision  of the  district  electoral    committee  may,               
within 48  hours,   be appealed  against to  the district  court,               
which shall  consider the appeal within 24 hours; the decision of               
the district court shall be final.                                              
     District electoral  committees shall  inform area  electoral               
committees of  the   appeals received  and changes  made  in  the               
voters' lists   as  soon as possible, but no later than within 24               
hours.                                                                          
     Comments and  appeals filed  less than  24  hours  from  the               
beginning of the elections shall not be considered.                             
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 29. Voters' Lists of Electoral Areas                               
                                                                                
     Electoral area  voters' lists  shall be compiled by the area               
electoral committee  according to the electoral district  voters'               
lists submitted  by the district electoral committees at least 20               
days prior to the elections.                                                    
                                                                                
         V. Nomination of Candidates for Council Members                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 30. Nomination of Candidates for Council Members in                
               Electoral Areas                                                  
                                                                                
     The following political parties, political organisations and               
public organisations  (hereinafter referred  to as  organisations               
nominating candidates of lists)  shall have the right to nominate               
candidates for Council members:                                                 
     1)   political parties,  political organisations  registered               
with the  Ministry of  Justice under the Law on Political Parties               
at least 35 days prior to the elections;                                        
     2) public  organisations registered  with  the  Ministry  of               
Justice at  least 3  months prior to the elections and  for which               
at least  200 signatures  of  electoral  area  voters  have  been               
collected,   supporting   the   participation   of   the   public               
organisation in  the elections  at electoral  area  in  which  21               
Council members  are being  elected, at least 1,000 signatures in               
which   from 25  to 41 Council members are being elected, and  at               
least 2,000  signatures   in which  51 Council  members are being               
elected. Voters'  signatures shall  be  collected  on  a  special               
signature collection  sheet.                                                    
     Signatures of voters of electoral area shall be collected on               
the sheet bearing the following text:                                           
                                                                                
     I, the  citizen of the Republic of Lithuania, confirm that I               
support the participation of                                                    
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( the  name of  the public  organisation nominating  the list  of               
candidates)                                                                     
in the elections of----------------------------------------------               
members in          ( name of the local government Council)                     
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     (date of the elections)                                                    
                                                                                
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No.  Full      Number of      Date      Permanent Date Signature                
     name      Passport       of birth  place or                                
               of a person              residence                               
               of the RL                                                        
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     All data  shall be entered in the signature collection sheet               
by the  voter himself/herself. He or she may support every public               
organisation only  once. At  the end of the sheet there must be a               
person's name  who has   collected   signatures;  full name , the               
number of RL passport, their address and his/her  signature .                   
     An  organisation  nominating  lists  of  candidates    shall               
nominate   candidates for  Council members in the electoral areas               
by presenting  lists of  candidates. The  number of candidates on               
the list  may not be less than 5 and may not exceed the number of               
mandates plus 5 more candidates.                                                
                                                                                
     The candidates  must meet  the  requirements  prescribed  by               
Article 2 of this Law.                                                          
                                                                                
     Every candidate  may be  registered  only  in  the  list  of               
candidates nominated  by one  organisation nominating the list of               
candidates and  only in  one electoral area.  In the event that a               
person is  placed in   more  than one  list, the  area  electoral               
committee shall  request that  the person choose in which list of               
candidates he  or she would like to run for the election.  If the               
candidate fails  to notify  of his or her choice 30 days prior to               
the election  day, he  or she  shall be removed from all lists of               
candidates.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 31. Application Documents for the Nomination of                    
               Candidates for Council Members                                   
                                                                                
     For the  nomination of candidates,  organisations nominating               
lists  of   candidates  must   file  the   following  application               
documentation with the Central Electoral Committee:                             
     1) statutes and registration documentation;                                
     2) a petition for the participation in the elections,                      
     3) the  list of  areas   in which   organisations nominating               
lists of candidates intend to nominate their candidates;                        
     4) documents  evidencing   the  payment  of  electoral  roll               
deposit in the amount of minimum monthly wage (MMW) multiplied by               
the number of areas in which candidates will be nominated;                      
     5) the  lists of   representatives  in the Central Electoral               
Committee and  representatives in the area electoral committee of               
the organisation nominating lists of candidates.                                
      Organisations nominating lists of candidates must file with               
the  area   electoral   committee   the   following   application               
documentation:                                                                  
     1) the  list of nominated candidates in which candidates are               
placed in  a numerical  order, signed  by a representative of the               
organisation  nominating   lists  of   candidates,  in  the  area               
electoral committee;                                                            
     2)   the written  consent of  the nominated  candidates  for               
being nominated in that electoral area;                                         
     3)  the   certificate  issued   by  the   Central  Electoral               
Committee,  concerning  the  registration  of  the  organisation,               
nominating lists  of candidates,   for  the participation  in the               
elections to the Council of that  local government.                             
     The list  of nominated candidates must state the candidate's               
full name,  date of  birth, and  address; attached must also be a               
document evidencing   that  the candidate  is a  citizen  of  the               
Republic of Lithuania.                                                          
     The filing  of application  documents shall commence 65 days               
before the election and shall end 35 days before the election.                  
     Upon receipt  of application  documents from an organisation               
nominating   lists of candidates, the Central Electoral Committee               
shall, within  2 days,  apply to  the  Ministry  of  Justice  for               
confirmation  of   the  fact  that  said  organisation  has  been               
registered, its activities have not been suspended or terminated,               
and its   filed  statutes are valid. The Ministry of Justice must               
give a  written reply  within 2  days. Upon  receipt of  a notice               
concerning improper  registration or  any other deficiencies, the               
Central  Electoral   Committee  must   immediately   notify   the               
representative  of   the  organisation,   nominating   lists   of               
candidates,   in the  Central Electoral  Committee.   The Central               
Electoral Committee  shall, within  7 days  after the  receipt of               
application  documents,     issue   the   certificate   to   said               
representative, concerning  the registration  of the organisation               
for the  participation in  the elections  to the local government               
Council.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 32. Joining of Lists of Candidates                                 
                                                                                
     Several   organisations nominating  lists of  candidates may               
join these   lists   no  later than  35 days  before the  day  of               
elections.  For  this  purpose  they  must  submit  to  the  area               
electoral committee  applications concerning the joining of lists               
of   candidates,   signed   by   the   representatives   of   the               
organisations,   nominating candidates,  in  the  area  electoral               
committee,    which  are forming  the coalition.  The joint  list               
shall be  considered as  one list.  One  organisation  nominating               
lists of  candidates may  participate in  only one  joint list of               
candidates.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 33. A Representative of an Organisation , Nominating               
               Lists of Candidates, in the Electoral Committee                  
                                                                                
     When   presenting   application   documents,   organisations               
nominating lists  of candidates must indicate  the full names and               
addresses of  their respective  representatives in  the electoral               
committees.  Organisations   may  at   any  time   replace  their               
respective representative  in the electoral committee in the same               
manner in which he or she was appointed.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 34. The Right to Withdraw Application Documents                    
                                                                                
     Through their  respective   representatives in the electoral               
committee,  organisations nominating lists of candidates  as well               
as a  person placed  in the list of nominated candidates, may, at               
any time,  but no  later than  17 days  prior to  the  elections,               
withdraw the  candidacy application.  In order to do so, the area               
electoral committee  must be  applied  to,  whereas  the  person,               
nominated by  an organisation nominating lists of candidates must               
also notify its representative.                                                 
     In the  event that application documents are withdrawn by an               
organisation,  nominating   lists  of   candidates,  which  is  a               
coalition member,  the candidates shall be removed from the joint               
list of  candidates and the name of the coalition may be changed.               
In the latter case notification in writing of the representatives               
of the  coalition members  shall  be  mandatory.  If,  after  the               
withdrawal of  application  documents,  candidates  of  only  one               
organisation remain on the joint list of candidates, said persons               
shall run  for election  only as  candidates of  the organisation               
nominating lists of candidates.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 35. Announcement of the List of  Candidates                        
                                                                                
     At least 32 days before the elections, the Central Electoral               
Committee shall establish by drawing lots the election numbers of               
organisations nominating  lists of  candidates and shall announce               
said numbers in all electoral areas.                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     At least  30 days  before the  election, the  area electoral               
committees shall  announce the  lists of  candidates nominated by               
organisations or coalitions  as well as their election numbers.                 
     At least  15 days  before the  election, the  area electoral               
committee shall  deliver the  final lists of candidates nominated               
by  organisations or coalitions.                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
   VI. Guarantees of the Activities of Candidates for Council                   
                             Members                                            
                                                                                
     Article 36. The Right of Candidates for Council Members to                 
               Speak at Meetings and Make Use of  Mass Media                    
                                                                                
     Upon the  commencement of  the election campaign, candidates               
for Council  members shall have the equal right to speak at voter               
meetings and other meetings, gatherings, and sittings, as well as               
through local  mass media  and to  publicise the programme of the               
organisation that has nominated them.                                           
     Local government  authorities  must  provide  assistance  to               
candidates for  local government  Councils in organising meetings               
with  voters   and  obtaining  necessary  information,  with  the               
exception of  confidential information,  in accordance  with  the               
laws of the Republic of Lithuania or decrees of the Government of               
the Republic of Lithuania.                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 37. Liability for Violation of the Law of the                      
               Republic of Lithuania on  Elections to Local                     
               Government Councils                                              
                                                                                
     Persons who by force, fraud, threats or otherwise hinder the               
implementation of  the right  to  vote,  to  be  elected  to  the               
Council, or to organise election campaigns, as well as members of               
electoral committees  and other  officers  who  falsify  election               
documents, calculate  votes fraudulently, violate voting secrecy,               
or otherwise  violate this  Law, shall be liable according to the               
laws of  the Republic  of Lithuania.  Legal actions shall also be               
instituted against  persons who publish or otherwise spread false               
statements about  a candidate for Council members or prevent said               
candidate from meeting with voters.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 38. The Inviolability of a Candidate for Council                   
               Members                                                          
                                                                                
     During the  election campaign  and after the election, until               
the first  sitting of  the local  government Council, a candidate               
for Council  member may  not, without  the consent  of  the  area               
electoral committee, be found criminally responsible or arrested,               
nor may  administrative penalties  be imposed  on him  or her for               
actions committed during the election campaign.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 39. Election Observers                                             
                                                                                
     An election observer of an  organisation nominating lists of               
candidates shall  be a person bearing the certificate in the form               
established by the Central Electoral Committee.                                 
     Election observers  shall have  the right to demand that the               
chairperson and  members of  an   electoral committee, as well as               
persons who  are in  the polling  place, adhere to this and other               
laws of the Republic of Lithuania.                                              
                                                                                
                                                                                
                        VII. Campaigning                                        
                                                                                
     Article 40. Principles of Campaigning                                      
                                                                                
     The opening  of the  election campaign shall be announced by               
the Central  Electoral Committee  at least  30 days  prior to the               
elections.                                                                      
     Organisations  nominating   lists  of  candidates  or  their               
coalitions may  start  campaigning  from  the  day  the  election               
campaign starts; provisions set forth in this Chapter shall apply               
to the election campaign.                                                       
     Campaigning may  be conducted in any form or manner provided               
that the  Constitution and  the laws of the Republic of Lithuania               
are not violated thereby.                                                       
     Commanders of  national defence  and interior  service units               
and chief  officers of  the places  of confinement  shall provide               
conditions for  the representatives of  organisations, nominating               
lists of candidates, in the Central Electoral Committee to visit,               
upon presenting  their certificates, military units and places of               
confinement for the election purposes.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 41. Conditions and Procedure for the Utilisation of                
               the Mass Media                                                   
                                                                                
     Organisations   nominating   candidates for  Council members               
shall be  entitled to  make use  of national and local government               
mass media  free of  charge. The  scope and  time of the national               
radio and  television programs  shall be specified by the Central               
Electoral Committee  on co-ordination  with the chief officers of               
the Lithuanian  Radio and  Television, and  shall be allocated in               
the  manner   ensuring  the   principle  of   equality  of   said               
organisations.                                                                  
     Each   organisation nominating lists of candidates  shall be               
allocated  equal   time    on  the  local  government  radio  and               
television programmes.                                                          
     Campaigning over  the commercial mass media shall be limited               
only by the amount of funds on the election accounts.                           
     In the  event that  mass media  makes public   the  material               
discrediting a  candidate for  Council members (such material may               
be publicised  10 days  before the  elections at  the latest), it               
must itself  announce the  candidate's   response at least 3 days               
prior to the election.                                                          
     All  disputes  related  to  election  campaigning  shall  be               
settled by   electoral  committee according  to the  principle of               
equal rights of candidates nominated by  organisations nominating               
lists of candidates.                                                            
                                                                                
      Article 42. Prohibition for the Officers of State and Local               
Government Institutions  to Exert  Influence upon the Will of the               
Voters                                                                          
     During election  campaigns,  officers  of  State  and  local               
government institutions  as well  as employees  of the  State and               
local government  mass media shall be prohibited from using their               
official  duties   for  any  form  of  campaigning  or  otherwise               
attempting to exert influence upon the will of the voters.                      
     If such persons are candidates for Council members, they may               
use the  mass media  only according to the procedure set forth in               
Par.1 hereof.  In the  event that  the fulfilment of their duties               
requires that  they announce  important news  to the  mass media,               
they may do so only at a press conference.                                      
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 43. Provision of Finances for Campaigning                          
                                                                                
     Campaigning shall  be financed  from State  funds as well as               
from the  funds raised  by   organisations, nominating  lists  of               
candidates which shall be deposited in special election accounts.               
     The  maximum  sum  allowed  for  campaigning  shall  be  the               
equivalent of  20 AMW for each  electoral roll and 200 AMW for an               
organisation nominating  lists of  candidates.   If the amount of               
money  transferred   into  an  appropriate  account  exceeds  the               
established sum, the bank shall transfer the surplus to the State               
Budget. It  shall be  prohibited to  use other funds for covering               
the expenses  of the   election  campaign. Upon establishing that               
campaigning was  financed with  funds other  than those withdrawn               
from the  election account,  the paid sum shall be recovered from               
the payee  without suit  and shall  be transferred into the State               
Budget.                                                                         
     State funds  shall be  used to  pay for time on the national               
and local  government radio  and television  allotted  under this               
Law   and for  printing the election programme for each electoral               
roll.                                                                           
     The utilisation  of funds allocated for campaigning shall be               
controlled  by  financial  institutions,  the  Central  Electoral               
Committee  and   area  electoral   committees.      Organisations               
nominating lists of voters must publish in the press consolidated               
reports concerning  the sources  of  funds  and  the  utilisation               
thereof for  campaigning    no  later  than  30  days  after  the               
elections.  The   amount  of   funds  received   for  each  roll,               
organisation nominating  the list  of candidates  and the balance               
must also be specified in the report. The election accounts shall               
be  closed   no  later   than  25   days  after   the  elections.               
Organisations nominating  lists of  candidates shall use at their               
discretion the  funds which  have not  been used for campaigning.               
The bank  shall transfer  into the  State Budget  sums  from  the               
accounts which have not been closed by the fixed date.                          
                                                                                
     Article 44. Prohibition of Campaigning                                     
                                                                                
     Campaigning shall  be prohibited  during the 24 hours period               
before the  beginning of  elections and  on the election day.  No               
campaign posters  shall be allowed in or within a 50 metre radius               
of the voting place.                                                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
 VIII. Preparatory Activities for the Organisation of Elections                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 45. Ballot-papers                                                  
                                                                                
     During  elections  to  the  Council,  each  voter  shall  be               
presented with one ballot-paper whereon the election number of an               
organisation nominating lists of voters or coalition, the name of               
said organisation, or coalition, and the full names  of the first               
five candidates in the list of candidates shall be specified.                   
     The names  of organisations  shall be  placed on the ballot-               
papers   according to  the number  assigned to  them and  in  the               
increasing order. Coalitions shall be registered according to the               
smallest election  number of the organisation nominating lists of               
candidates ,which is a member of the coalition.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 46. Delivery of Ballot-papers                                      
                                                                                
     Ballot-papers and  envelopes shall be delivered to electoral               
districts  and  post  offices  at  least  7  days  prior  to  the               
elections.                                                                      
     On ships,   voters  must be  provided with  free  access  to               
ballot-papers and  envelopes for  postal voting  at least 10 days               
prior to the day of elections.                                                  
     The Central Electoral Committee shall be responsible for the               
printing of  ballot-papers and  envelopes for  postal voting,  as               
well as the delivery thereof by the specified date.                             
                                                                                
     Article 47. Voter Certificate                                              
                                                                                
     Voter certificates  shall be delivered to voters at least 10               
days prior  to the  election day.  If voter  certificate  is  not               
delivered through  the fault  of the electoral committee, it must               
be issued immediately upon the voter's request.                                 
     In the  event that  a voter  is presented with an inaccurate               
voter certificate, or, due to an error in the list of voters, the               
voter  certificate   is  not  issued  at  all,  a  correct  voter               
certificate shall  be issued  immediately after  rectification of               
the mistake.                                                                    
     Upon written  application, a voter may be issued a duplicate               
voter certificate.                                                              
     Each voter certificate shall include the following:                        
     1) the name of the electoral area;                                         
     2) the number of the district electoral committee;                         
     3) the voter's number in the district voters' list;                        
     4) the voter's name and surname;                                           
     5) the voter's permanent place of residence; and                           
     6) the address of the polling place.                                       
                                                                                
                                                                                
                           IX. Voting                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 48. Time and Place of Voting                                       
                                                                                
     Voting shall  take place on the day of elections from 7 a.m.               
to 9  p.m. in  the  polling  place  designated  by  the  district               
electoral committee.  Voters shall vote in the electoral district               
in whose  list of  voters their names have been placed. A voter's               
vote received  by mail  shall be valid only in the electoral area               
in whose list of voters his or her name has been included.                      
                                                                                
     Article 49. Preparation of Polling Places                                  
                                                                                
     The requirements for the preparation of polling places shall               
be established by the Central Electoral Committee.                              
     Voting booths  must be  set up  so that the voter inside the               
booth is not visible to anyone.                                                 
     The text   of  this Law  must be accessible in all electoral               
districts. Lists  of candidates  nominated by organisations  must               
be posted in the polling place.                                                 
      No  other events,  except the  elections and voting, may be               
conducted in the polling place and in the 50- metre radius around               
it.                                                                             
                                                                                
     Article 50. Commencement of Voting                                         
                                                                                
     On the  day of  elections, the polling place shall be opened               
only when  at least 3/5 of the electoral committee members of the               
electoral district  are present.  Then, the  chairperson  of  the               
district electoral  committee, together with other members of the               
electoral committee,  shall  ascertain  that  the  ballot-box  is               
empty, and  shall seal  it up.  Having checked  that the  polling               
place  has  been  furnished  without  violating  the  established               
requirements, the chairperson of the district electoral committee               
shall register in the vote calculation record the total number of               
ballot-papers received  at the  district,  distribute the ballot-               
papers and  lists of  voters among  the members  of the electoral               
committee, record in the vote calculation record of the electoral               
district the  number of  ballot-papers distributed to each member               
of the  electoral committee,  and open  the polling  place,  thus               
proclaiming the commencement of the elections.                                  
                                                                                
     51. Article. Voter Identification                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Upon arriving  at the polling place, voters shall present to               
a member  of the  electoral committee  of the  electoral district               
their voter  certificates as  well as  their passports  or  other               
documents certifying  their identity, and shall sign  in the list               
of voters.  Voter certificates  shall  not  be  returned  to  the               
voters. In  the event  that a  voter has  not been issued a voter               
certificate, it  may be issued upon presentation of a passport or               
any other  document certifying  his or  her identity.  After  the               
voter signs  in he  or she  shall be  issued a  ballot-paper.  If               
voting by  mail, a  note concerning the issue of the ballot-paper               
shall be  recorded on  the voter  certificate which shall then be               
returned to the voter.                                                          
     A voter shall be issued only one ballot-paper. Any electoral               
committee member  who  violates  the  above  requirement  may  be               
removed from issuing ballot-papers or expelled from the committee               
members.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 52. Voting Procedure                                               
                                                                                
     Upon being  issued a  ballot-paper, the  voter shall go into               
the voting booth where he or she shall mark the ballot.                         
     On a ballot-paper, the voter shall mark the name of the list               
of that  organisation or  coalition   for which   he  or  she  is               
voting.                                                                         
     Voters shall personally cast their marked ballot-papers into               
the ballot-box.                                                                 
     At the  voter's request,  a  faulty  ballot-paper  shall  be               
exchanged for  a new  one. Faulty  ballot-papers  shall  be  kept               
separately after the member of the electoral committee who issued               
the new  ballot-paper crosses  out and  signs the  faulty ballot-               
paper.                                                                          
     Voters who are physically incapable of marking their ballot-               
papers  or  casting  them  into  the  ballot-box  themselves  may               
designate another  person (with  the exception of the chairperson               
or members  of the  electoral committee)  to carry  out the above               
actions in their place.                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 53. Voting by Mail                                                 
                                                                                
     Voting by  mail shall  be possible  at post  offices  during               
business hours beginning 7 days before the elections and ending 1               
day before  the elections  if the  voter is  voting in his or her               
territory of  electoral  area,  and  ending  2  days  before  the               
elections if  the voter is voting in the central post office or a               
special post  office that  is located in the territory of another               
electoral area.  Expenses related  to voting  by  mail  shall  be               
covered by the State.                                                           
     The head  of the  post office  shall be  responsible for the               
organisation  of  voting  by  mail.  He  or  she  shall  also  be               
responsible for  the issue  and collection  of voucher  envelopes               
during voting by mail.                                                          
     A responsible  officer (officers) shall be appointed for the               
issue and collection of ballot-papers and envelopes.                            
     Post offices  must provide a place where voters can, without               
interference, mark  their ballot-papers and put them into voucher               
envelopes.                                                                      
     Voting by  mail shall  be conducted  in accordance  with the               
procedure set  forth in  Articles 51 and 52 of this Law, with the               
exception of  casting ballot-papers into the ballot-box. Together               
with ballot-papers, voters shall be given envelopes for voting by               
mail.                                                                           
     The voter  shall put  marked ballot-papers  into the voucher               
envelope, seal  it, put  the envelope  and the  voter certificate               
into the  outer envelope and seal it. The outer envelope shall be               
stamped with the post office seal.                                              
                                                                                
     Envelope for  voting by  mail  shall  be  addressed  to  the               
electoral committee  of the  electoral district  in the  list  of               
voters of which  the voter is registered.                                       
     At least  2 days  prior to  the elections,  a postal  worker               
shall bring outer envelopes, voucher envelopes, and ballot-papers               
to the  homes of  voters who  cannot move. The district electoral               
committees shall,  no later  than 7  days before  the  elections,               
draw up the list of voters who are unable to move on the basis of               
the data  presented to  them in  writing by  the social  care and               
assistance institutions  of the local government.  Voters who are               
not in  the list  of voters  who are  unable to move shall not be               
permitted to vote at home by mail.                                              
     The voter may:                                                             
                                                                                
     1)  hand   the  sealed   outer  envelope   (with  the  voter               
certificate, voucher  envelope  and  ballot-paper  inside)  to  a               
postal officer;                                                                 
     2) hand  the sealed  outer envelope to the postal worker who               
delivered the election documents; or                                            
     3) put the sealed outer envelope into a post-box.                          
                                                                                
     Article 54. Voting on Ships                                                
                                                                                
     Voting shall  take place  on board a ship if the ship leaves               
the   port of  the Republic of Lithuania at least 6 days prior to               
the elections  and will  not return  to a port of the Republic of               
Lithuania  prior   to  the   election  day,   or  if   there  are               
circumstances preventing  a crew  member or a board passenger who               
are entitled to vote from voting in his or her electoral district               
or by mail.                                                                     
     The Central  Electoral Committee,  in co-ordination with the               
Ministry of  Foreign Affairs,  shall compile  a list  of ships on               
which voting shall take place and shall fix the time of voting on               
every ship  in such  a manner that each voter  on board a ship is               
provided with the possibility to vote. The captain of the ship or               
the mate  shall be  responsible for the organisation of voting on               
board.                                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 55. The Procedure for Voting at Diplomatic Missions                
               and on Ships                                                     
                                                                                
     The procedure for voting at diplomatic missions and on ships               
shall be established by the Central Electoral Committee.                        
                                                                                
     Article 56. Voting at Medical Facilities and Institutions of               
               Social Care and Assistance                                       
                                                                                
     Special  post   offices  designated   for  voting  shall  be               
established in medical facilities and institutions of social care               
and assistance.                                                                 
     Patients of such facilities and institutions who are able to               
move shall  vote themselves  in accordance with the procedure set               
forth in Article 54 of this Law.                                                
     Inmates of  health care  facilities and institutions of care               
who are  unable to  move shall  be visited by officers of special               
post offices  who are  approved by district electoral committees.               
The voting person must, in conditions of privacy, personally mark               
the ballot-paper  and  put  it  into  the  voucher  envelope.  If               
necessary, the person may be assisted by an individual whom he or               
she trusts.                                                                     
     On the  instructions of  the head  of a  health facility  or               
institution of social care or assistance, it may be prohibited to               
disturb a  person who  is in  bad condition  for the  purpose  of               
voting. Such  instructions shall  be obligatory  to special  post               
offices.                                                                        
                                                                                
     It shall  be  prohibited  to  disturb  individuals  for  the               
purpose of  voting if a commission of doctors concludes, pursuant               
to the  procedure established  by the  Ministry of  Health  Care,               
that, during  the voting,  the individual,  by reason of  chronic               
mental disease,  imbecility or  short-time  mental  disorder,  is               
incapable of  understanding the essence of his or her actions and               
controlling them.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 57. Voting in Military Units                                       
                                                                                
     Special  post   offices  designated   for  voting  shall  be               
established in military units of the national defence system.                   
     If possible,  chief officers of military units shall provide               
conditions for  servicemen to  vote in the electoral districts of               
their permanent place of residence.                                             
                                                                                
     Article 58.  Voting in Places of Imprisonment                              
                                                                                
     Special  post   offices  designated   for  voting  shall  be               
established in places of imprisonment.                                          
                                                                                
                                                                                
  X. Calculation of  Votes and Establishment of Voting  Results                 
                                                                                
     Article 59. Records of Voucher Envelopes and Ballot-papers                 
               in Post Offices                                                  
                                                                                
     The post  office head  shall deliver  unused  envelopes  and               
ballot-papers to  the electoral  committee of  the electoral area               
one day before the elections.                                                   
      The records of voucher envelopes and ballot-papers shall be               
kept in the manner established by the Central Electoral Committee               
by the  post office  head in  the  journal  designated  for  that               
purpose.                                                                        
       The  envelopes with the ballot-papers marked by the voters               
shall be  delivered to  the district  electoral committees on the               
election day   no  later than  2 hours  before  the  end  of  the               
elections.                                                                      
     The records  of voucher envelopes and ballot-papers shall be               
kept by the Central Electoral Committee.                                        
                                                                                
     Article 60. Records of Ballot-papers in Electoral Districts                
                                                                                
     Upon the  closing of a polling place, the chairperson of the               
district electoral  committee, in the presence of at least 3/5 of               
the electoral  committee members,   shall  seal up  and stamp the               
slit of  the ballot-box,  collect the  unused ballot-papers  from               
each member  of the  district electoral  committee  individually,               
publicly count  said ballot-papers,  record their  number in  the               
vote counting  record, and  check against  the signatures  on the               
voter lists   and  voter certificates  that no ballot-papers have               
been issued unlawfully.                                                         
     The electoral  committee shall publicly count the unused and               
faulty ballot-papers,  annul them by cutting off the upper right-               
hand corner, place them in envelopes designated for that purpose,               
and seal  the envelopes.  The number of unused and faulty ballot-               
papers shall be recorded in the vote calculation record.                        
                                                                                
     Article 61. Calculation of Votes in the Electoral District                 
               and Records of Voters who have Voted                             
                                                                                
     The district  electoral committee,  with at least 3/5 of its               
members participating,  shall inspect  the  district  ballot-box:               
they shall  confirm that  the seals have not been broken and that               
there is  no other  evidence which  indicates that the ballot-box               
could have  been opened  or that  ballot-papers could  have  been               
removed.  The  committee,  with  at  least  3/5  of  its  members               
participating, shall  decide whether  or not  the ballot-box  has               
been tampered  with. If  the committee comes to the decision that               
the ballot-box  has  been  tampered  with,  a  written  statement               
thereon shall be made, and the votes shall not be tallied.                      
     Having ascertained that the ballot-box has not been tampered               
with, the ballot-box shall be opened in the presence of a t least               
3/5 of  the committee  members, all  the ballot-papers  shall  be               
placed on  tables which  are clear  of any  other  documents  and               
writing instruments, and the calculation of votes shall begin.                  
     Votes shall be calculated so that all persons present during               
the procedure are able to observe all of the ballot-papers marked               
by the  voters. The  specific vote calculation procedure shall be               
established by the Central Electoral Committee.                                 
     The number  of voters  shall be  determined according to the               
district voter  list. The  number of  voters who have been issued               
ballot-papers shall be established according to the signatures of               
voters evidencing  that the ballot-papers have been received. The               
number of  voters who  have voted in the electoral district shall               
be established  according to the number of ballot-papers found in               
the ballot-box.  The number  of voters who have taken part in the               
election shall  be established according to the number of ballot-               
papers found  in the  ballot-boxes of electoral districts and the               
number of ballot-papers received by mail.                                       
     Upon finding  more ballot-papers in the ballot-box than were               
issued  to   the  voters,  the  electoral  committee  shall  take               
appropriate measures to determine the reasons therefor.                         
     The results  of the vote calculation shall be entered in the               
vote calculation record.                                                        
     Upon counting all the ballot-papers found in the ballot-box,               
the calculation  of the  ballot-papers  received  by  mail  shall               
commence:                                                                       
     1) the chairperson of the district electoral committee shall               
present, unopened,  all outer  envelopes received  by mail. Their               
number shall be entered in the vote calculation record;                         
     2) outer envelopes shall be opened one at a time;                          
     3) voter  certificates shall  be  taken  out  of  the  outer               
envelopes and  checked against  the voter  list of  the electoral               
district, and  the voucher  envelopes shall  be stamped  with the               
seal  of   the  electoral  area.  If  the  person  on  the  voter               
certificate is  not on the voter list, or voter's signature is on               
the voter   list indicating that he/she  has already voted in the               
electoral district,  or another  envelope of  voting by  mail has               
been received  already from the same voter, or  there is no voter               
certificate in  the outer  envelope, or   there  is more than one               
voter certificate  in the  outer envelope,  the seal shall not be               
affixed and the ballot-papers in the envelope shall be considered               
invalid. The fact must be noted  on the  voucher envelope;                      
     4) in  the voter  list of  the electoral district, a special               
record "voted by mail" shall be made by the surname of the  voter               
whose vote was received by mail;                                                
     5) the  sealed voucher envelope shall be cast into a ballot-               
box installed according to the established requirements;                        
     6) when all envelopes received by mail are gone over in this               
way, the ballot-box shall be opened, the sealed voucher envelopes               
shall be  unsealed, and  the votes  received  by  mail  shall  be               
counted according  to the requirements set forth in this Article.               
If there is more than one ballot-paper in a voucher envelope, all               
ballot-papers in the envelope shall be declared invalid.                        
     If  there  is  only  one  stamped  voucher  envelope  in  an               
electoral district, in order not to violate the secrecy of voting               
it shall  not be  unsealed but  shall  be  referred  to  an  area               
electoral committee, which shall enter the results of voting into               
its vote calculation record.                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 62. Vote Calculation Records of the Electoral                      
               District                                                         
                                                                                
     One   vote calculation  record shall  be drawn  up  in  each               
electoral district.                                                             
     The vote  calculation record  of the  electoral  area  shall               
include:                                                                        
     1) the number of voters in the electoral district;                         
     2) the  number of  ballot-papers received  from the district               
electoral committee;                                                            
     3) the  number of ballot-papers issued to each member of the               
electoral committee,  the number  of ballot-papers  issued to the               
voters, the  number of  voter signatures,  the  number  of  voter               
certificates, and the number of unused or faulty ballot-papers;                 
     4) the number of annulled ballot-papers;                                   
     5) the  number of  voters who  voted in the polling place of               
the electoral district;                                                         
     6) the time at which the ballot-box was opened;                            
     7) the  number of invalid ballot-papers found in the ballot-               
box;                                                                            
     8) the  number of  valid ballot-papers  found in the ballot-               
box;                                                                            
     9) the number of votes cast separately for the  each list of               
candidates nominated by a political party, political organisation               
or coalition;                                                                   
     10) the  number of envelopes received by mail and the number               
of sealed voucher envelopes;                                                    
     11) the number of invalid ballot-papers received by mail;                  
     12) the number of valid ballot-papers received by mail;                    
     13) the  number of  votes received  by mail,  cast   for the               
list of  candidates nominated  by  political  parties,  political               
organisation or coalition;                                                      
     14) the  total number  of voters  who voted in the electoral               
district;                                                                       
     15)  the  total  number  of  invalid  ballot-papers  in  the               
electoral district; and                                                         
     16) the  total  number  of  votes  cast  for  each  list  of               
candidates nominated by  organisations or coalitions .                          
     If the  number of  ballot-papers  found  in  the  ballot-box               
exceeds the  number of  ballot-papers issued  to the  voters,  an               
entry to  that effect  shall be  made  in  the  vote  calculation               
record, specifying the number of ballot-papers found in excess.                 
     The vote calculation records of the electoral district shall               
be  signed  by  the  chairperson  and  members  of  the  district               
electoral committee.  After that  the observers  shall  sign  the               
records. Comments  of the  observers  and  the  opinions  of  the               
committee members  shall be  appended to  the records  and  shall               
constitute an inseparable part thereof.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 63. Invalid Ballot-papers                                          
                                                                                
     The following ballot-papers shall be deemed invalid:                       
     1) ballot-papers of an unestablished sample;                               
     2) ballot-papers  bearing no  stamp or sealed with the stamp               
of the wrong electoral district;                                                
     3) ballot-papers of the wrong electoral area; and                          
     4) ballot-papers  on which  more than one list of candidates               
nominated by  an  organisation  or  coalition    or  no  list  of               
candidates is  marked.                                                          
     The decision  to declare  a ballot-paper  invalid  shall  be               
adopted by the district electoral committee.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 64. Presentation of Vote Calculation Documents of                  
               Electoral District  to the Area  Electoral                       
               Committee                                                        
                                                                                
                                                                                
     The district  electoral  committee  shall  put  all  ballot-               
papers, including  invalid  and  faulty  ones,  vote  calculation               
records, voter list  and other election documents  into a package               
and seal  according to  the procedure  established by the Central               
Electoral Committee.  The  package  shall  be  delivered  to  the               
Central Electoral  Committee not  later than  within 6 hours from               
the end of the voting.                                                          
     The Central Electoral Committee and the Ministry of Internal               
Affairs must  ensure the  safety of the  delivery of the election               
documents and  of persons who are delivering said documents.                    
                                                                                
     Article 65. Summing-up of Vote Calculation Results by the                  
               Area Electoral Committee                                         
                                                                                
     The area  electoral committee  shall commence the summing-up               
of  the  vote  calculation  results  upon  receipt  of  all  vote               
calculation documents from electoral districts.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 66. Vote Calculation Records of the Area Electoral                 
               Committee                                                        
                                                                                
     In accordance  with vote  calculation records  of  electoral               
districts, ballot-papers  and other  election documents, the area               
electoral committee shall establish:                                            
     1) the  number of  voters   in the area who took part in the               
election, which  equals the  number of voters who cast their vote               
in the electoral districts of the area;                                         
     2) the  number of  invalid ballot-papers  in the area  which               
equals the  total number  of invalid  ballot-papers in  electoral               
districts of the area;                                                          
     3) the  number of  ballot-papers valid  in  the  area  which               
corresponds  to  the  total  number  of  valid  ballot-papers  in               
electoral districts of the area; and                                            
     4) the  number of  votes cast  for each  list of  candidates               
nominated by an organisation or coalition,  which is equal to the               
number of  votes cast  in electoral  districts   for each list of               
candidates nominated by an organisation or coalition.                           
                                                                                
     Article 67. Establishment of Election Results in Electoral                 
               Areas                                                            
                                                                                
     An  organisation   nominating  lists   of  candidates  or  a               
coalition may receive mandates of Council members only if no less               
than 4%  of the  voters who  took part in the elections voted for               
the list of candidates nominated by them.                                       
     Mandates shall be distributed among organisations nominating               
lists of  candidates or coalitions in proportion to the number of               
votes received by each list, by applying the method of quotas and               
remainders.                                                                     
     First of  all the  quota shall  be calculated, i.e. how much               
votes are needed in order to receive 1 mandate. It shall be equal               
to the  number of  all votes  cast in  the electoral area for the               
lists participating  in the  distribution of mandates, divided by               
the number  of members  being elected  to  the  local  government               
Council. If  the obtained  quotient is  with the  remainder,  the               
remainder shall  be subtracted  and  1  shall  be  added  to  the               
quotient.                                                                       
     After that  the number of votes cast for every list shall be               
divided by  the quota. The obtained integer quotient shall be the               
number of mandates due to each list, whereas the remainder of the               
division shall  be used  for distributing the remaining mandates.               
For this purpose all organisations nominating lists of candidates               
or coalitions  are recorded in the numerical order - according to               
the amount  of the  remainder assigned  to them starting from the               
highest. In  the event  that the  remainders of  organisations or               
coalitions are  of equal  size, the   organisation  or  coalition               
which received  the greatest  number of  votes shall  be recorded               
first. Should  they, in  addition, receive  an  equal  number  of               
votes, the   organisation or coalition with the smallest election               
number shall be recorded first.                                                 
     If any  of the  organisations nominating lists of candidates               
or coalitions  would receive  more mandates  than the  number  of               
candidates in its list, the remaining number of mandates shall be               
distributed among  the other  lists by  applying  the  method  of               
remainders.                                                                     
     Candidates who are on one list shall receive the mandates in               
the order of succession specified in the application documents of               
the  organisation nominating lists of candidates or coalition.                  
                                                                                
     Article 68. Presentation of the Council Members Election                   
               Results to the Central Electoral Committee                       
                                                                                
     The area  electoral committees  shall present   the  Council               
members election  results to  the Central  Electoral Committee in               
the   manner established  and by  the date  fixed by  the Central               
Electoral Committee.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 69. Participation of  the  Representatives of                      
               Oragnisations,Nominating Lists of Candidates, in                 
               the Electoral Committees and Election Observers in               
               the Calculation of Votes and Establishment of                    
               Election Results                                                 
     Representatives  of    organisations,  nominating  lists  of               
candidates  in the electoral committees and election observers as               
well as  representatives of the mass media may participate in the               
calculation  of   votes  in   the  electoral  districts  and  the               
establishment of election results in electoral areas.                           
     The representatives  and observers  shall have  the right to               
make comments  and claims  concerning violations  of this Law and               
other   laws of the Republic of Lithuania, addressing them to the               
appropriate electoral  committees, but  they may  not hinder  the               
work of  electoral committees.  The representatives and observers               
shall have  the right  to make  a written protest which, together               
with  other  election  documents  of  the  district,    shall  be               
delivered to the appropriate area electoral committee.                          
                                                                                
     Article 70. Appeals against the Decisions of the Electoral                 
               Committees Adopted after the Voting has been                     
               Completed                                                        
                                                                                
     The representatives  of organisations,  nominating lists  of               
candidates, in  the electoral  committees, the election observers               
may appeal  to the  area electoral committee the decisions of the               
district electoral  committees concerning  the recording  of  the               
vote calculation  records within  24 hours  after the adoption of               
said decisions. The appeals must be examined no later than within               
24 hours.                                                                       
       When  examining  appeals  against  the  decisions  of  the               
district electoral  committees concerning  the recording  of vote               
calculation records,  the ballot-papers delivered by the district               
electoral committee  may, with  at least  3/5  of  the  committee               
members participating, be counted anew, and, in the event that an               
arithmetical error  has been made or erroneously counted valid or               
invalid  ballot-papers   are  established   in  the  records,  an               
additional district vote calculation record shall be drawn up and               
appended to  the district vote calculation record. Area electoral               
committees  shall   not  have  the  right  to  declare  the  vote               
calculation records of the district electoral committees invalid.               
     The decision  of the  area electoral committee concerning an               
appeal may  be appealed to the Central Electoral Committee within               
24 hours from the adoption of said decision.                                    
                                                                                
     When  examining   appeals  against  the  decisions  of  area               
electoral  committees   concerning  the   drawing  up   of   vote               
calculation records  in an  electoral area, the Central Electoral               
Committee may  calculate anew  the ballot-papers delivered by the               
electoral committee  and, upon  establishing in  the  records  an               
arithmetic   error or  an  erroneously counted number of valid or               
invalid ballot-papers,  the Committee  shall draw  up  additional               
vote calculation  records of  the area,  district and append said               
records to the area vote calculation records.                                   
     The Central  Electoral Committee  may declare  the  election               
results in  an electoral  area as  invalid if it establishes that               
gross violations  of this  Law committed  during  the  voting  or               
falsification of  documents  had  a  decisive  influence  on  the               
election results.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 71. Declaration of  Elections as Invalid                           
                                                                                
     Elections shall  be declared  invalid if in their course the               
Republic of  Lithuania Law  on Elections  to the Local Government               
Councils is  grossly violated,  election documents are falsified,               
or any  other unlawful actions which have a decisive influence on               
the election results are committed.                                             
      Organisations,  nominating lists  of candidates,  which ran               
in the  elections may lodge appeals concerning the declaration of               
elections as  invalid or  the erroneous establishment of election               
results with  the Supreme  Court of  Lithuania within 5 days from               
the day that the election results were announced.                               
     The  Supreme   Court  of  Lithuania  shall  examine  appeals               
concerning  the  declaration  of  the  elections  as  invalid  or               
concerning the  erroneous  establishment  of    election  results               
within 5 days. The decision of the Court shall be final.                        
                                                                                
     Article 72. Approval and Announcement of Election Results                  
                                                                                
     The Central  Electoral Committee  shall announce  the  final               
results of  the elections  within 7 days after the elections. The               
Central Electoral  Committee shall  approve without consideration               
the decisions  of the  area electoral  committees in  respect  of               
which no appeals concerning the violation of the Law on Elections               
to the  Local Government  Councils which had a decisive influence               
on the  election results  are received  from a  political  party,               
political organisation  representative in the electoral committee               
within 3 days after the elections. Upon  the   approval  of   the               
decision  of  a  district  electoral  committee  by  the  Central               
Electoral Committee,  the district  electoral committee  shall no               
later than  within two  days after  the approval  of the decision               
announce the  electoral area  election results. In the event that               
the Central  Electoral Committee changes the decision of the area               
electoral committee  or adopts  a decision concerning the seat of               
the missing  member of the local government Council, the election               
results shall be announced by the Central Electoral Committee and               
the issuing of local government Council member certificates shall               
commence no  earlier than after 7 days and shall be terminated no               
later than 10 days after the announcement of the election results               
or the decision.                                                                
     The Central  Electoral Committee  shall refund  the deposits               
for electoral  rolls   to the  organisations, nominating lists of               
candidates, which  participated in  the distribution of mandates,               
with  the   exception  of  the  number  of  areas  in  which  the               
organisation nominating  lists of  candidates did not participate               
in the  distribution of  mandates. The  deposit shall be refunded               
within 15  days after  the announcement  of  the  final  election               
results.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 73. Certificate of the Local Government Council                    
               Member                                                           
                                                                                
     After the  announcement of  election results,  the electoral               
committee  shall  issue  certificates  of  the  local  government               
Council member to the elected candidates. All disputes concerning               
failure to  issue certificates  of the  Council member  shall  be               
resolved within  3 days  of the  receipt of  the  appeal  by  the               
district court, the decision of which shall be final.                           
                                                                                
     Article 74. Repeat Elections                                               
                                                                                
     Repeat elections  shall be  held if  elections to  the local               
government Council are declared invalid.                                        
     Repeat elections  shall be held no later than after 3 months               
after the  elections have  been  declared  invalid.  The  Central               
Electoral  Committee  shall  establish  the  actual  day  of  the               
elections and  adopt the  decision concerning the prolongation of               
powers of  the area electoral committee, changes in the committee               
membership or  formation of  a new  committee. The area electoral               
committee shall  form new  district electoral  committees.  After               
that the  repeat elections  shall be  conducted according  to the               
procedure established  by this  Law.  The  election  deposits  of               
organisations, nominating  lists of  candidates, which  had  been               
previously registered  for the  participation in the elections in               
the area shall be held valid for the repeat elections.                          
                                                                                
     Article 75. Filling in the Vacant Seats in the Council                     
                                                                                
     If, upon  the termination  of powers of a Council member,  a               
vacant seat  has to be filled in the local government Council, on               
the decision  of the Central Electoral Committee adopted no later               
than within 10 days after the seat in the Council is vacated, the               
top unelected  candidate from  the   organisation or coalition in               
whose list had been the candidate elected to the presently vacant               
seat shall become a member of the Council.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 76. Loss of the Mandate of Council Member                          
                                                                                
     Each candidate  for the post of Council member must publicly               
announce about  his or her conscious cooperation with the special               
services of  a foreign  state, provided  that he  or she  was not               
thereby  carrying   out  the   assignments  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania,  whereas  the  election  posters  of    organisations,               
nominating lists  of candidates  or  coalitions  must  contain  a               
corresponding notice  if a  person who consciously and not on the               
instruction of  the Republic  of Lithuania   co-operated with the               
special services  of a  foreign state  is  in  the  list  of  its               
nominated candidates.                                                           
     If the  candidate fails to act in the prescribed manner, and               
if after  the elections his or her co-operation with the  foreign               
special services  which was  not  related  to  carrying  out  the               
assignments of  the Republic of Lithuania is proved  according to               
the procedure  established by  law, his  or  her  Council  member               
powers shall be terminated from that day forward.                               
                                                                                
I promulgate  this Law  passed by  the Seimas  of the Republic of               
Lithuania.                                                                      
                                                                                
President of the Republic               Algirdas Brazauskas