SEIMAS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA                              
                             STATUTE                                            
                     24 June 1993 No. I-191                                     
                             Vilnius                                            
                             PART 4                                             
                     SESSIONS OF THE SEIMAS                                     
           Chapter 10. The First Session of the Seimas                          
                                                                                
     Article 66.  The Seimas  shall be  deemed elected  after the               
Central Electoral Commission confirms that at least 3/5 of Seimas               
members have  been elected.  The opening  sitting of  the  newly-               
elected Seimas  must be  held no  later than  15 days  after  the               
election of  the Seimas and shall be convened by the President of               
the Republic.  If the  opening  sitting  of  the  Seimas  is  not               
convened by  the President  of the  Republic, the  Seimas members               
shall themselves  convene on  the first  working  day  after  the               
expiration of the 15-day period.                                                
                                                                                
     The opening  sitting of  the newly-elected Seimas shall open               
at 12 o'clock noon in the building of the Seimas.                               
                                                                                
     Article 67.  The opening  sitting of  the  Seimas  shall  be               
commenced by  the eldest  member of the Seimas. In the event that               
he or  she is  unable or refuses to open the sitting, it shall be               
opened by  the next  eldest member of the Seimas. He or she shall               
preside over the meeting until the Speaker is elected.                          
     Other members  of  the  Seimas  Board  shall  thereafter  be               
elected.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 68. Upon the commencement of the first session, time               
shall  be   assigned  for   the  formation  and  registration  of               
parliamentary groups.  Thereafter, the  Seimas, in  the following               
order, shall:                                                                   
     1) approve  or reject  the candidature  for  Prime  Minister               
nominated by the President of the Republic;                                     
     2) form  the Committees  of the  Seimas  and  approve  their               
respective Chairpersons;                                                        
     3) consider the Programme of the Government submitted by the               
Prime Minister and decide whether or not to approve it; and                     
     4) draw  up a  work programme  for the session in accordance               
with the procedure established by the Statute of the Seimas.                    
                                                                                
       Chapter 11. General Issues of Session Organisation                       
                                                                                
     Article 69.  The Seimas  shall meet  annually in two regular               
sessions (spring  and autumn).  The spring  session shall open on               
March 10  and shall  close on  June 30.  The autumn session shall               
open on  September 10  and close  on December  23. The Seimas may               
resolve to  prolong a  session. If  the day  of the  opening of a               
session is a non-working day, the session shall open on the first               
working day  following the scheduled commencement. The members of               
the Seimas  shall convene into ordinary sessions according to the               
law and without a separate invitation.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 70.  Extraordinary sessions shall be convened by the               
Speaker of  the Seimas on the written proposal of at least 1/3 of               
all members  of  the  Seimas,  or,  in  cases  specified  in  the               
Constitution, by  the President of the Republic. The Seimas Board               
must notify  all of  the  Seimas  members  of  the  extraordinary               
session at  least 2  days before the opening of the session. Only               
issues submitted  by the  Seimas members  on whose initiative the               
extraordinary session  was convened  shall be  considered at  the               
session. The duration of extraordinary sessions may not exceed 15               
days. The  work programme  of  extraordinary  sessions  shall  be               
approved by the Seimas.                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 72.  Sessions of  the  Seimas  of  the  Republic  of               
Lithuania shall be held in the Seimas building in Vilnius. In the               
event that  the Seimas  cannot convene  in the  building  of  the               
Seimas, the Seimas Board may temporarily assign another place for               
sittings to  be held.  All members of the Seimas must be notified               
of such  a decision. Having convened in a place designated by the               
Seimas Board for a sitting, the Seimas shall hear the information               
of the  Seimas Board  concerning the reasons which compelled them               
to change the place of the sitting.                                             
                                                                                
     In sittings,  sessions shall  open and  close with the State               
anthem.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 73. The Secretariat of Seimas sittings shall provide               
technical services  during sittings  and shall fulfil the related               
assignments of  the Seimas  Speaker, his  or her deputies and the               
Chancellor. The  Secretariat shall  be  formed  of  Seimas  staff               
members.                                                                        
                                                                                
     The Secretariat of Seimas sittings shall:                                  
                                                                                
     1) attend  to adequate technical preparation of the sittings               
and provide assistance to Seimas members during sittings;                       
     2) see  that material required for a sitting be presented to               
Seimas members  and the  officer presiding  over the  sitting  in               
adequate time;                                                                  
     3) register  all of  the Seimas  members participating  in a               
sitting, receive  applications of Seimas members concerning their               
inability to  take part  in a  sitting, and  inform the presiding               
officer and the Seimas Speaker thereof;                                         
     4) accept  written requests  of Seimas  members asking to be               
given  the  floor  and  deliver  said  requests  to  the  officer               
presiding over the sitting;                                                     
     5) accept  and register  questions and  inquiries of  Seimas               
members, hand  them over,  as  required,  either  to  the  Seimas               
Speaker or  the Chancellor,  and assist in supervising the manner               
said questions and inquiries are dealt with;                                    
     6) accept  from Seimas  members  other  written  statements,               
proposals,  protests   or  requests   and  deliver  them  to  the               
addressees;                                                                     
     7) see  that translations  of the  work of  the  sitting  be               
provided;                                                                       
     8)  provide   divisions  of   the  Seimas   apparatus   with               
information concerning the sitting;                                             
     9) register drafts of laws which are submitted; and                        
     10) carry  out other  assignments of the Seimas Speaker, the               
presiding officer, and the Chancellor.                                          
                                                                                
    Chapter 11a. Session Work Programmes and Sitting Agendas                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 75.  The preparation of sessions, with the exception               
of the  first session,  shall be organised by the Seimas Speaker.               
Together with  the Seimas  Chancellor, the  Speaker shall prepare               
drafts of  the work programme of the session and of the agenda of               
sittings held  during the  first week.  Seimas members may obtain               
said drafts  at the  Secretariat of  sittings  no  later  than  2               
working days  before the  opening  of  the  session.  The  Seimas               
Committees responsible  for the  issues included in the programme               
and the  date on  which an  issue is planned to be presented at a               
Seimas sitting  must be  specified in the draft work programme of               
the session.  The draft  work programme shall be delivered to the               
Government and the President of the Republic.                                   
     The draft  of the session work programme shall be considered               
by the Assembly of Spokesmen upon receiving the written proposals               
of the Government and the President of the Republic. The Assembly               
may amend  and supplement  the draft in the manner established in               
Par. 4  of Article  24 of this Statute. The draft, along with the               
amendments and  supplements and the advisory findings made by the               
Assembly of  Spokesmen, shall  be submitted  to  the  Seimas  for               
debate.                                                                         
     At the  first session after the elections, the Seimas shall,               
as a  rule, consider  and approve  the work programme at the time               
specified in  Article 68  of this  Statute. Other  sessions shall               
open with  the discussion and approval of the work programme. The               
Seimas may later revise the work programme in accordance with the               
procedure established in this Statute.                                          
     Individual items  of the  work programme  shall be discussed               
and put to the vote at the Seimas according to the same procedure               
as the  articles of  laws during their passing. In this case, one               
Seimas member may be given the floor to speak "for" and one -- to               
speak "against" regarding the motives of voting.                                
                                                                                
     Article 76.  In accordance  with the approved work programme               
of the session, the Seimas Speaker, together with the Chancellor,               
shall prepare  a detailed draft agenda of the week's sittings and               
submit it  to the Assembly of Spokesmen for discussion. Proposals               
shall be  submitted by  members of  the  Board,  members  of  the               
Assembly of  Spokesmen, Committees,  other members of the Seimas,               
and the  Government. The  time of  the sittings, the issues under               
discussion, the  draft registration  number, the stage of debate,               
and the  speakers and  extra speakers  must be  specified in  the               
agenda. The  Seimas must also be informed of proposals which were               
not accepted. If the time limit proves insufficient for analysing               
any of  the issues during a week's sittings, said issues shall be               
included in the agenda of the first sitting of the next week.                   
     With the  exception of cases specified in this Statute, only               
issues which are on the session work programme and with regard to               
which, in  accordance with  the requirements set forth in Chapter               
21 of  this Statute,  drafts of  laws, resolutions  or other acts               
have been  adequately drawn  up shall  be included  in the week's               
agenda.                                                                         
     The Assembly  of  Spokesmen  shall  decide  at  its  sitting               
whether or  not to  approve each  item of the presented agenda in               
accordance with the procedure established in Par. 4 of Article 24               
of this  Statute. In  the event that any of the items are adopted               
only by  majority vote,  they shall be presented to the Seimas as               
recommendations.                                                                
     If a decision is passed to work one day a week, the Assembly               
of Spokesmen  may simultaneously  present the  agenda of the next               
day of  sittings. In  such a case, requirements applicable to the               
agenda's preparation, adoption and amendment shall be the same as               
those which  apply to  the preparation, adoption and amendment of               
an agenda of a week's sittings.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 77.  Draft agenda  of a  week's sittings approved at               
the Assembly  of Spokesmen shall be put to the vote at the Seimas               
without preliminary discussion thereon.                                         
     The items  of the agenda presented as recommendations by the               
Assembly of  Spokesmen  as  well  as  the  entire  draft  agenda,               
provided that  it was  not approved by vote at the Seimas, may be               
discussed at the sitting of the Seimas. In such a case, proposals               
may  be  submitted  by  the  Seimas  Board  members,  Committees,               
parliamentary groups,  and the  Government.  Before  voting,  one               
Seimas member may speak "for" and one -- "against" each item.                   
     If, for  some reason,  the Assembly  of Spokesmen  could not               
approve the draft agenda of a week's sittings, the Seimas Speaker               
may submit  it to  a sitting of the Seimas. In such an event, the               
procedure established in Par. 2 hereof shall be applied.                        
                                                                                
     Article 77-1.  At the  request of a group of at least 1/3 of               
the Seimas  members, inclusion  of an  issue in  the session work               
programme or  in the  agenda of the week or the next day shall be               
mandatory, provided that the issue has been prepared and adequate               
provisions for  its discussion  have been made in accordance with               
the procedure established in this Statute. No more than 1.5 hours               
shall be  assigned for  debating such  issues unless  the  Seimas               
decides to prolong the discussion period.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 78.  In conjunction  with the Seimas Chancellor, the               
Seimas Speaker shall prepare, on the basis of the approved agenda               
of the  week's sittings,  a detailed draft agenda of every day of               
the sitting in which the speaker and the time of debate or voting               
on every issue must be provided separately.                                     
     The above  draft agenda  shall be  considered and adopted at               
the Seimas  on the  preceding day  of the  sittings. In the event               
that the  draft agenda  of a  day's sitting  is approved  at  the               
Assembly  of   Spokesmen,  the  agenda  shall  be  considered  in               
accordance with  the procedure  established in Article 77. In the               
contrary  case,   members  of   the  Seimas   Board,  Committees,               
parliamentary groups  and the  Government may  present additional               
proposals, but  only on  the condition  that they  adhere to  the               
approved agenda  of the  week's sittings.  Before voting  on  the               
proposal, one  Seimas member may speak "for" and one -- "against"               
the proposal.                                                                   
                                                                                
     Article 79.  The Seimas Board, the Assembly of Spokesmen and               
the Government  shall have  the right to propose the inclusion of               
additional issues  in the  adopted agenda  of a week's or a day's               
sittings. Such a proposal may be adopted provided it is voted for               
by the  majority of the Seimas members present at the sitting but               
by no  less than 1/3 of all the Seimas members. In the event that               
such a  proposal is  not approved, it may only be presented again               
on the next day.                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 80. At the request of the President of the Republic,               
the issues  and reports presented by him shall be included in the               
agenda of a sitting in the mandatory manner (without voting).                   
     The Government  of the  Republic of Lithuania shall have the               
right to  request that the Government's report on an urgent issue               
be included  in the agenda of the Seimas sittings of the week. On               
the decision  of the  Seimas, a  discussion  may  follow  such  a               
report.                                                                         
                                                                                
                                                                                
                Chapter 12. Sittings of a Session                               
                                                                                
     Article 80-1.  Sittings of  the Seimas  and  its  Committees               
shall be  held in  the Lithuanian  language. Guests,  experts  or               
witnesses who  do not  know the  language shall have the right to               
speak  in   another  language,  provided  that  they  notify  the               
Secretariat of  the Seimas  sittings thereof  at  least  6  hours               
before the  sitting; the  Secretariat  must  see  to  it  that  a               
translation is provided.                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 80-2.  As a  rule, four  sittings a  week --  two on               
Tuesday and  two on  Thursday -- shall be held during sessions of               
the Seimas,  and every  3 weeks  plenary sittings  of the  Seimas               
shall be adjourned for a week.                                                  
     On Thursdays, the afternoon sitting shall be allotted to the               
Government, inquiries,  and replies to questions presented by the               
Seimas  members  to  the  Seimas  officers  and  heads  of  State               
institutions appointed  by the  Seimas, with the exception of the               
Constitutional Court  and the Supreme Court. On other days of the               
week and  during the  week when  no plenary  sittings  are  held,               
sittings  of   the  Seimas  Board,  the  Assembly  of  Spokesmen,               
parliamentary groups,  Committees  and  commissions  as  well  as               
meetings  of   members   of   the   Seimas   with   electors   or               
representatives of  local governments  shall be  held; members of               
the Seimas  may also go on business trips. During sittings of the               
Seimas, members  of the  Seimas shall  be sent  on business trips               
only in connection with urgent State matters.                                   
                                                                                
     Article 80-3.  The last  half hour  of the second sitting of               
every day  shall be  allotted to  the statements  of  the  Seimas               
members  on   urgent  issues  of  electoral  areas  or  state  or               
international problems.  Persons wishing  to speak shall submit a               
written request  to the  Seimas Chancellor  during  the  previous               
day's sitting, giving a brief characterisation of the issue which               
they would  like to speak on. The Seimas Chancellor shall prepare               
a supplement to the agenda of the sitting, specifying the persons               
wishing to  speak as  well as the issues put forward by them. The               
presiding officer  shall grant  the  floor  at  his  or  her  own               
discretion, taking  into account  the urgency  of the problem and               
the requirement  of proportional  representation  of  the  Seimas               
majority and  the parliamentary  groups  of  the  opposition.  No               
discussion shall  be held  on said  statements.  The  Seimas  may               
without discussion approve of the speaker's proposal to charge an               
appropriate Seimas  committee or  commission to  investigate  the               
problem.                                                                        
     The agendas  of the  morning sitting of every third Thursday               
shall be  drawn up by the parliamentary groups of the opposition.               
A week  before the  opening of  such sittings,  the Seimas Board,               
taking  into   consideration  the   principle   of   proportional               
representation of  the parliamentary  groups of  the  opposition,               
shall  appoint   a  parliamentary   group  or   a  coalition   of               
parliamentary groups  who shall  be responsible for the agenda of               
such sitting.  In such an event, the agenda shall not be approved               
at the Seimas sitting.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 81.  The morning  sitting of  the Seimas  shall as a               
rule be  held from  10:00 a.m.  to 1:30  p.m., and  the afternoon               
sitting --  from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a 30 minutes recess               
1.5 hours after the beginning of the sitting.                                   
                                                                                
     The Seimas  members shall  be registered at the beginning of               
every sitting and before the voting planned in advance.                         
                                                                                
     Article 82.  A sitting  which is  not provided  for  in  the               
week's work programme must be held provided that its is requested               
by 1/3 of the Seimas members, by the President of the Republic or               
by the Seimas Board.                                                            
     The issues  submitted by the persons on whose initiative the               
meeting is  held shall  be considered  at such  a  sitting.  Said               
persons shall inform the Seimas members in the manner established               
by the  Seimas Board  of the  sitting and the issues proposed for               
discussion no  later than  6 hours before the commencement of the               
sitting.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Article 83. Sittings of the Seimas shall be presided over by               
the Seimas Speaker or a Deputy Speaker.                                         
                                                                                
     Speaking at sittings shall only be permitted with permission               
from the presiding officer.                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 84. As a rule, sittings of the Seimas shall be open.               
The President  of the  Republic, members  of the  Government, the               
Chairperson of  the Constitutional  Court, the Chairperson of the               
Supreme Court  and heads  of State  institutions  formed  by  the               
Seimas may  attend the  sittings without a special invitation and               
may state  their opinion  during discussions  of issues which are               
connected with  their work.  Signatories of  the Act  of 11 March               
1990, as well as representatives of the President of the Republic               
and  the   Government  may  attend  sittings  as  observers.  The               
participation of  other persons  in sittings shall be established               
in Articles 85 and 85-1 of this Statute.                                        
                                                                                
     On the  decision of  the Seimas  or at  the request  of  the               
Seimas Speaker,  the President  of the  Republic,  or  the  Prime               
Minister, a closed sitting may be held by way of exception which,               
in addition  to Seimas  members, may  be attended only by persons               
specially invited  to the  sitting  and,  as  necessary,  by  the               
members of  staff of  the Secretariat  of  sittings.  The  Seimas               
Board, the  Government, parliamentary groups and Committees shall               
have the  right to  propose a closed sitting; a substantiation of               
the proposal shall be requisite.                                                
                                                                                
     Article 85.  The Seimas  Speaker as well as the Seimas Board               
may invite  notable guests  of the Republic of Lithuania -- heads               
of foreign states, members of governments, heads of parliamentary               
delegations, chairpersons of Lithuanian emigrant organisations --               
to speak  at a sitting. Other distinguished guests may be invited               
as observers of the sittings of a session.                                      
                                                                                
     Article 85-1.  Open sittings  of the Seimas shall be public.               
They may  be attended  by the  assistants secretaries  of  Seimas               
members, employees  of the  Seimas apparatus,  representatives of               
public organisations  who have  received invitations,  as well as               
radio, television and press journalists accredited to the Seimas.               
The procedure  for issuing  invitations and  accrediting shall be               
established by the Seimas Board.                                                
     Only members  of the Seimas, employees of the Secretariat of               
sittings and  persons who  have been  granted the  floor  may  be               
present in the front of the chamber.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 86.  The Seimas  may convene  a meeting  of all  the               
Seimas members for preliminary discussion of issues; the rules of               
this Statute  shall not  be valid  at such meetings. No decisions               
shall be  adopted by  the Seimas  at such  meetings.  The  Seimas               
members shall  elect the  chairperson  of  the  meeting  and  may               
establish provisional rules of procedure of the meeting.                        
                                                                                
     Article 87.  The officer  presiding over  the Seimas sitting               
shall:                                                                          
     1) announce,  by word  and by banging the gavel, the opening               
and closing  of a  sitting, and,  as necessary, announce a recess               
not provided for in the agenda;                                                 
     2) attend  to the  order of  work of  the  Seimas  sittings,               
supervise that  this Statute  be adhered  to at the sittings, and               
control  the   performance  of  the  group  of  tellers  and  the               
Secretariat of sittings of their duties;                                        
     3) refrain  from taking  part in discussions and influencing               
in any  other way  the Seimas  members concerning decisions which               
are being adopted;                                                              
     4) grant the floor to Seimas members, direct the discussions               
and, when  specifying the essence of proposals, pose questions to               
the Seimas members;                                                             
     5) keep  track of the duration of speeches, and, if the time               
limit is  exceeded, shall  warn the  speaker, and cut the speaker               
off after the second warning;                                                   
     6) may  prolong the  time of a speech delivered on an urgent               
issue provided that the Seimas does not object;                                 
     7) warn  the speaker  or may  cut the  speaker off after the               
second warning  in the  event that the speaker digresses from the               
issue under discussion;                                                         
     8) may  grant the  floor to  other persons provided that the               
Seimas does not object;                                                         
     9) formulate,  on the basis of discussion results, questions               
to be  put to  the vote;  pursuant to this Statute, establish the               
voting procedure;  by word and by banging the gavel, announce the               
beginning of  voting; and,  in accordance  with  the  information               
presented by  the group of tellers or electronic voting machines,               
announce the results of the voting;                                             
     10) call  Seimas members  to order  if they do not adhere to               
the Statute, if they make noise in the chamber, or if they insult               
the President  of the  Republic, the Seimas, the Speaker, members               
of  the   Seimas,  the  Government,  or  the  Prime  Minister  or               
ministers; and  may submit  proposals concerning the recording of               
the warnings  in  the  minutes  or  examination  thereof  in  the               
Commission on  Ethics and  Procedures or  expulsion of the Seimas               
member from the chamber;                                                        
     11)   make   decisions   to   expel   invited   persons   or               
correspondents from  the  chamber  if  they  interfere  with  the               
sitting;                                                                        
     12) when adopting decisions and at the request of the Seimas               
members, announce  the article  of the Statute which he or she is               
acting in pursuance of; and                                                     
     13) sign  the minutes  and the  verbatim  record  of  Seimas               
sittings as  well as official reports on sittings, and shall visa               
laws and other acts passed at sittings.                                         
                                                                                
     Article 88.  All reports  shall be  read at  Seimas sittings               
from the  dais. In the cases set forth in Par. 2 of Article 93 of               
this Statute,  Seimas members  may speak from their seats or into               
the microphones installed in the chamber.                                       
                                                                                
     Article  89.  As  a  rule,  one  principal  report  and  one               
additional report  shall be  made on  every issue  on the  agenda               
unless the  Statute  provides  for  a  different  procedure.  The               
duration of  a report  shall be fixed by the presiding officer in               
coordination with  the person  delivering the report. Ordinarily,               
reports should not exceed 30 minutes. Additional reports shall be               
allotted a  duration  of  up  to  15  minutes;  final  words  and               
commentary  on  behalf  of  the  Government,  a  committee  or  a               
parliamentary group  shall be  granted  up  to  10  minutes;  and               
speeches said  on behalf of the speaker himself shall be given up               
to 5 minutes.                                                                   
     After reports,  up to  30 minutes  shall  be  allocated  for               
questions and  answers; up  to 15  minutes shall be allocated for               
said purpose  after additional  reports. An  answer to  a  single               
question may  not exceed  3 minutes,  whereas the question itself               
may not  take longer  than 1  minute. Only  one question shall be               
permitted at  a time.  A person  shall be allowed to ask a second               
question only  once it  is again  his or  her turn to ask. On the               
decision of  the Seimas,  question and  answer  sessions  may  be               
terminated before  the fixed  time, provided  that at  least  one               
other member of the Seimas supports such a proposal.                            
                                                                                
     Article 90.  Registration of  persons wishing to speak shall               
begin an  hour before  the first  sitting of the day the issue is               
planned to  be discussed  and shall  close by the commencement of               
discussion of  the issue.  Upon completion  of registration,  the               
officer presiding  over the  sitting must  announce the  list  of               
persons  participating   in  the   discussion.  Registration  for               
speaking shall  be carried  out either by submitting applications               
to the presiding officer or by an electronic system.                            
                                                                                
     Article 91.  Speakers shall  be  granted  the  floor  during               
discussions according  to the  order in  which they registered to               
speak. The  presiding officer  may change the order for reason of               
ensuring proportional  representation of parliamentary groups and               
Committees, and  for presenting  arguments "for"  and  "against".               
Upon mutual agreement, the Seimas members may change the order of               
speaking.                                                                       
     A speaker  may waive  his or her right to take the floor. If               
the speaker leaves the chamber without giving prior notice to the               
presiding officer  and is  not present when called upon to speak,               
he or she shall be deemed to have waived his or her right to take               
the floor.                                                                      
                                                                                
     Article 92.  The  President  of  the  Republic,  the  Seimas               
Speaker, and  the Prime Minister shall have the right to take the               
floor out of turn one time in a discussion.                                     
     If members  of the Government or a representative named by a               
Committee or  a parliamentary group notify the Secretariat of the               
sittings of  their wish  to be  granted the  floor prior  to  the               
termination of  a discussion, they shall retain the right to take               
the floor even if it is resolved to terminate the debate.                       
                                                                                
     Article 93.  During debates,  the Seimas  members shall have               
the right  to take the floor not more than once for every item on               
the agenda.                                                                     
     Questions, remarks,  and speeches  concerning the motives or               
procedure of  voting, prejudicial issues or issues related to the               
termination of  debate, and  proposals to  reject or postpone the               
issue under  consideration shall constitute an exception. In said               
cases no  advance registration  shall be required. However, every               
member of  the Seimas  shall have  the right  to make an inquiry,               
speech, or  remark only  once on  each given issue on the agenda,               
and concerning the motives of voting -- once before every voting.               
In said  cases, members  shall be granted the floor for no longer               
than 2  minutes after the speaker has finished his or her speech.               
If the speaker speaks on an issue other than the one for which he               
or she  was granted  the floor,  the presiding officer may revoke               
his or her right to speak.                                                      
     Speaking on  issues  concerning  procedure,  termination  of               
debate, or  postponement or  rejection of  an  issue  shall  have               
precedence over  the issue  under consideration; once the speaker               
finished speaking,  the discussion shall be stopped. In the cases               
specified in  the  Statute,  a  vote  may  be  taken  after  such               
speeches.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 94.  Debates shall  be terminated on the decision of               
the Seimas,  with  the  exception  of  cases  where  the  Statute               
provides for  a different  procedure for  the  termination  of  a               
debate. Proposals to terminate a debate may be submitted after at               
least two  speakers have  been given  the floor and may be put to               
the vote  provided that  at least  one other member of the Seimas               
supports the  proposal. Prior to that, the presiding officer must               
announce how  many persons  are registered  to speak and how many               
have already spoken.                                                            
     Upon resolving  to terminate a debate, the presiding officer               
must grant  the floor, according to the order, to one more member               
of the  Seimas as  well as to everyone who still has the right to               
be granted  the floor  pursuant to Article 92 of this Statute. In               
addition, the  speaker may  be granted  the floor  for concluding               
remarks.                                                                        
     The Seimas may in advance limit both the general duration of               
debates on  each issue and the number of speakers. In such cases,               
proposals to terminate a debate shall not be accepted.                          
                                                                                
     Article 96. In discussing each issue, the Seimas may take an               
unscheduled  recess  of  no  more  than  an  hour  prior  to  the               
commencement of  voting or  the discussion  of the  issue may  be               
postponed to  the  next  sitting  if  the  presiding  officer,  a               
Committee, or a parliamentary group so requests. In discussing an               
issue, such  recesses and  debate postponements  may only be done               
twice. Only  one unscheduled  recess may  be taken  in  the  same               
sitting.                                                                        
     If the Statute has been expressly violated during discussion               
of an issue, the Committee which prepared the draft of the law or               
other legal  act, a  parliamentary group,  or the  Commission  on               
Ethics and  Procedure shall  have the  right to  request that the               
discussion of  the issue be postponed, but for no longer than one               
week. Such  a decision  shall be  adopted  by  voting  after  two               
members of  the Seimas have been granted the floor to speak "for"               
and two --"against".                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 97.  If the  conduct or words of a Seimas member are               
presented in  a distorted  manner by  other speakers,  he or  she               
shall have  the right to request that the presiding officer grant               
him or  her the  floor to  speak on  a personal issue for up to 2               
minutes. If  the presiding  officer does  not oblige the request,               
the Seimas  member shall have the right to request that the issue               
of whether  or not he or she should be granted the floor to speak               
on a personal question be put to the vote.                                      
     Seimas members  shall be  granted  the  floor  to  speak  on               
personal issues at the end of the sitting.                                      
                                                                                
             Chapter 13. Voting and Vote Calculation                            
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 99.  Voting on issues under debate shall be open, by               
raising voting cards, with the exception of cases provided for in               
this Statute.                                                                   
     On the  decision of  the Seimas  or the presiding officer, a               
vote may be taken either by standing up or by using an electronic               
vote tallying  system rather  than by  raising a card. As a rule,               
the electronic  vote tallying  system shall be used when taking a               
vote on  separate  provisions  of  the  issue  under  debate,  on               
separate articles  or statements  of a law, and on resolutions of               
the sitting  and  issues  concerning  the  work  procedure  of  a               
session. A  separate instruction  approved by  the  Seimas  Board               
shall establish  the procedure  for  using  the  electronic  vote               
tallying system.                                                                
     Seimas members  shall vote personally. The right to vote may               
not be delegated to other persons.                                              
                                                                                
     Article  100.  The  presiding  officer  shall  announce  the               
commencement of  the voting  procedure by word and by banging the               
gavel after  having made clear the precise issue being put to the               
vote and  having made sure that the Seimas members understood it,               
and after  the closing  of speeches  concerning  the  motives  of               
voting. The presiding officer must also inform the Seimas members               
of the number of votes required for the decision to be adopted.                 
     In voting  by raising  voting cards  or by  standing up, the               
presiding officer  shall vote  only in the event that one vote is               
needed to  decide the  result of  the voting. In such a case, the               
presiding officer  shall vote  after the voting results have been               
tallied.                                                                        
     No issues shall be discussed and nobody shall be granted the               
floor until  the voting  procedure is  completed, except  for the               
time that the results of the voting by roll call or by ballot are               
being counted.  Walking in  the chamber  during voting  shall  be               
prohibited.                                                                     
                                                                                
     Article 101.  Laws of the Republic of Lithuania, resolutions               
of the Seimas, and other decisions of the Seimas shall be adopted               
at sittings of the Seimas by simple majority vote (i.e. more than               
half)  of  the  Seimas  members  participating  in  the  sitting,               
provided that the question is included in the agenda according to               
the procedure established by this Statute and the required stages               
of debate  have been  completed, with  the exception  of  special               
cases provided for in the Constitution and this Statute.                        
     In voting  on resolutions  of the sitting (resolutions which               
are recorded  in the  minutes), separate  provisions of the issue               
under debate,  separate articles  or  statements  of  a  law,  or               
questions concerning the work procedure of the session, decisions               
shall be  adopted by  majority vote of all the voting members, or               
may also  be passed  without voting (by unanimous consent), i.e.,               
if no  member responds  to the  presiding officer's  question "Is               
there any objection to...?", the presiding officer shall announce               
"Adopted."                                                                      
                                                                                
     If, in  the cases  specified by  the Constitution  and  this               
Statute, a  qualified majority  vote of all the Seimas members is               
required, the  number of  Seimas members  who have  acquired  the               
rights of  a People's  representative under  Article  59  of  the               
Constitution and  whose powers  have not  been  terminated  under               
Article 63  of the Constitution shall be considered the number of               
all the Seimas members.                                                         
     Prior to  the first  voting of  every sitting, the presiding               
officer must  check the  number of  Seimas members  present.  If,               
prior to  a voting,  the presiding  officer or  any parliamentary               
group has not requested to check the number of the Seimas members               
present at  the sitting, no doubts may later be raised concerning               
this. The  last number  of Seimas members determined at a sitting               
shall be  considered the  number of Seimas members present at the               
sitting.                                                                        
     If a  qualified majority  vote of  all the Seimas members is               
required for passing a decision, the presiding officer must check               
the number  of Seimas  members present  at the sitting before the               
voting.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 103.  In adopting laws of the Republic of Lithuania,               
resolutions of  the Seimas,  or other acts, with the exception of               
personnel issues,  roll call  voting is  permitted if  it  is  so               
requested by  a  parliamentary  group.  Such  a  request  may  be               
submitted by the spokesman or deputy spokesman of a parliamentary               
group only upon the closing up of a debate on the issue and prior               
to voting on the entire draft.                                                  
     In such  a case,  ballot papers  shall be distributed to the               
Seimas members  prior to the commencement of voting for roll call               
voting; upon  receipt of  said ballot  papers, the Seimas members               
shall sign  the record of issued ballot papers. Upon announcement               
of the  commencement of voting, every Seimas member shall fill in               
the ballot  paper, sign  it, and  hand it  over to  the  tellers'               
group. Upon  tallying the  votes,  the  presiding  officer  shall               
announce the vote of every Seimas member.                                       
                                                                                
     Article 104.  Issues concerning  the election  of the Seimas               
Speaker, non-confidence  in the Government, the Prime Minister or               
an individual  minister, and  dismissal of, or non-confidence in,               
any officer  of  the  Seimas  or  head  of  a  state  institution               
appointed by  the Seimas  shall be  voted on by secret ballot. On               
the decision  of the  Seimas, other  issues  concerning  official               
persons may also be voted on by secret ballot.                                  
     In this  manner, voting  shall be done during recess. Ballot               
papers shall  be stamped  and distributed  by the tellers' group.               
Upon receiving their ballot papers, Seimas members shall sign the               
record of issued ballot papers.                                                 
     There must  be a  voting booth  and ballot box in the voting               
place. The  ballot box  must be  put in  such a  way  that,  upon               
approaching it,  the members  casting their  votes can  cross the               
secret ballot booth.                                                            
                                                                                
     Article 105. Voting shall be done by open ballots when it is               
necessary to elect several candidates to some posts from a larger               
number of candidates and when it has not been resolved to vote by               
secret ballot.                                                                  
     In open  voting, the  procedure for  voting and establishing               
the results  shall be  the same  as in  voting by  secret  ballot               
except that  secret ballot  voting booths  shall not  be used and               
                                                                                
ballot papers  shall be  filled out  in the  chamber. It  is  not               
necessary to sign the ballot papers.                                            
                                                                                
     Article 106.  A standard  ballot paper  for secret  and open               
voting shall be approved by the Seimas prior to voting.                         
                                                                                
     Issues concerning the dismissal of an officer or declaration               
of non-confidence  in an  officer shall  be voted  on with ballot               
papers on  which the  propositions "Dismiss" and "Not dismiss" or               
"Confidence" and  "Non-confidence" shall  be inscribed.  With one               
ballot paper  it is only possible to vote on either the dismissal               
of  an   officer  or  the  declaration  of  non-confidence  in  a               
collective institution or one of its members.                                   
                                                                                
     On one  ballot paper  it  is  only  possible  to  write  the               
surnames, in  alphabetical order, of candidates to the same post.               
In all  cases, ballot  papers must  have a  heading which clearly               
indicates the  issue being  voted on.  On the  ballot paper,  the               
member casting his or her vote shall cross out the surname of the               
candidates against  which he  or she is voting or the proposition               
which he or she does not accept.                                                
     Ballot papers  which are not of the approved sample, as well               
as ballot  papers on  which more  surnames  than  the  number  of               
officers being  elected or  more than  one proposition  given for               
election is  left, shall  be deemed  invalid. Additional surnames               
and propositions which are written in shall not be counted.                     
     The record of calculation of votes by ballot papers shall be               
signed by the chairperson of the tellers' group and the presiding               
officer.                                                                        
     Voting ballot  papers  shall  be  preserved  in  the  Seimas               
archives until the end of the term of office of the Seimas.                     
                                                                                
     Article 108.  One or  two alternative  propositions  may  be               
presented to  be voted  upon. If one proposition is presented, it               
shall be voted "for", "against" or "abstain". If two propositions               
are presented,  voting shall  be "for  the first  proposition" or               
"for the second proposition".                                                   
     Alternative propositions  shall be  voted for  in the  order               
that they  were presented  for discussion. If there are more than               
two propositions, the presiding officer must group them according               
to purport  so that they are all decided upon after several votes               
for one  or two  propositions. The proposition which collects the               
most  votes  shall  be  adopted  if  the  necessary  majority  is               
collected; otherwise, it shall be presented for additional voting               
to confirm  the decision.  If this  fails to  be done, the Seimas               
members may either propose a compromise or postpone the issue.                  
     At his  or her  own initiative or at the request of at least               
two Seimas  members, the presiding officer shall divide the issue               
being put to the vote into two.                                                 
                                                                                
     Article 109.  The decision  of whether to postpone or reject               
an issue shall be voted on before voting on the main point of the               
issue.  Numbers  shall  be  voted  on  in  increasing  order.  If               
necessary, the  presiding officer  may change the order of voting               
if those who made the proposals do not object.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 110.  If the commencement of voting has not yet been               
declared, the  members may  explain their  respective votes after               
the presiding  officer announces  what is being voted on and asks               
if anyone would like to explain his or her vote.                                
     In voting for an entire issue or the passing of a draft law,               
no more  than five  Seimas members  may explain their votes "for"               
and no  more than five -- "against". In other cases, no more than               
two Seimas members may explain their votes "for" and no more than               
two -- "against".                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 111.  When the  electronic tallying  system  is  not               
being used,  the tellers'  group shall  organise the  voting  and               
count the  votes.  The  tellers'  group  shall  also  assist  the               
presiding officer in checking how many Seimas members are present               
in the chamber and in revising their registration.                              
     Members of  the tellers'  group shall  vote according to the               
general procedure.                                                              
                                                                                
     Article 112.  The Seimas  shall alphabetically  appoint  the               
tellers' group  for the  period of one month upon the proposal of               
the Seimas  Chancellor. The  group may  not be  made up solely of               
members of  one parliamentary group. Members of the Seimas Board,               
chairpersons  of   Committees  and   commissions,  spokesmen   of               
parliamentary groups,  and members of the Government shall not be               
assigned to  the tellers' group. The tellers' group shall elect a               
chairperson from its members.                                                   
     The Seimas  may he  declare non-confidence  in the  tellers'               
group or  one of  its members  by majority  vote  of  the  Seimas               
members present  at the sitting. In such an event, a new group or               
group member  shall be  appointed, and,  upon the decision of the               
Speaker or the request of a parliamentary group, the voting which               
took place  before  the  declaration  of  non-confidence  may  be               
repeated.                                                                       
                                                                                
     Article 113. The results of voting shall be announced by the               
presiding officer  based  on  the  information  provided  by  the               
tellers' group  or by  the indicators  of the electronic tallying               
system.                                                                         
                                                                                
     Article 114. Voting carried out by raising cards or by using               
the electronic system may be repeated once if so requested by the               
presiding officer or a parliamentary group. This may be requested               
if the  issue put  up  to  vote  was  not  properly  and  clearly               
formulated and  only before  another item on the agenda has begun               
to  be  discussed.  In  this  case,  the  chairperson  or  deputy               
chairperson of  the Commission  on Ethics  and Procedures,  or in               
their absence  -- a  member of  the Commission, must confirm that               
the request  of the  parliamentary group  concerning the improper               
formulation of an issue put to the vote is correct.                             
                                                                                
                                                                                
  Chapter 15. Official Registration and Announcement of Seimas                  
 Documents. Information concerning the Activities of the Seimas                 
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article 122.  Minutes of  Seimas sittings  shall be compiled               
and announced  by the  Documentation Department of the Seimas and               
shall be  signed by  the  presiding  officer.  Issues  which  are               
discussed, speakers,  adopted  resolutions,  and  voting  results               
shall be  recorded in  the minutes. The full texts of resolutions               
adopted  during  sittings  shall  be  recorded  in  the  minutes.               
Supplementary  materials   (results  of   voting  by  roll  call,               
statements of  Seimas members,  etc.) shall  be appended  to  the               
minutes.                                                                        
                                                                                
     Minutes shall be distributed to Committees and parliamentary               
groups by 2.00 p.m. of the next day of work of the sitting.                     
                                                                                
     Seimas members may state their claims concerning the minutes               
at the  end of the first Seimas sitting of the next day. If there               
are disputable  questions, the  Seimas  shall  adopt  a  decision               
thereon by  simple majority  vote of  the voting  members after a               
short explanation has been given by the officer who presided over               
the previous sitting.                                                           
                                                                                
                                                                                
     Article  123.  The  Seimas  Documentation  Department  shall               
compile and  publish verbatim  records of  the  Seimas  sittings.               
Their originals shall not be edited and shall be preserved in the               
Documentation Department.  Tape-recordings of the Seimas sittings               
shall be  preserved in  the Documentation Department for a period               
of at least one month.                                                          
     Members of the Seimas and other persons who were granted the               
floor during  a sitting  shall have  the right to check, within a               
fortnight after the Seimas sitting, the verbatim records of their               
speeches edited  for publication.  Upon checking the text against               
the tape-recording,  they may  revise the  edited version  of the               
verbatim record  of their speech provided that they do not change               
the essence  of the  speech. If  the speaker does not present any               
claims concerning  the text  of the  verbatim record, it shall be               
assumed that he or she agrees with the text.                                    
     In the event of disputes or misunderstandings concerning the               
edited text  of a  verbatim record,  a decision  thereon shall be               
adopted by  the  presiding  officer.  Following  a  sitting,  the               
verbatim record  shall be signed by the officer who presided over               
the sitting.                                                                    
                                                                                
     Article 124.  Verbatim records  of closed sittings shall not               
be published;  only members  of  the  Seimas  shall  have  access               
thereto.  The  Seimas  Chancellor  shall  preserve  the  verbatim               
records of closed sittings and shall create conditions for Seimas               
members to  familiarize themselves with said records. A speech of               
a Seimas  member may  be quoted  from the  verbatim record  of  a               
closed sitting only with his or her consent.                                    
                                                                                
     Article 125.  Minutes shall  be taken  at  sittings  of  the               
Seimas Board and Assembly of Spokesmen; no verbatim records shall               
be taken  of the  above sittings.  Participants in  the  sitting,               
issues which  are discussed,  speakers, adopted  resolutions, and               
voting results shall be listed in the minutes.                                  
     Seimas  members   shall  familiarize  themselves  with  said               
minutes through Committees and parliamentary groups.                            
                                                                                
     Article 126.  Seimas Committees  and commissions shall takes               
minutes  at   their  own   sittings.  Committee   and  commission               
resolutions, conclusions, and minutes of sittings shall be signed               
by the respective chairperson.                                                  
     The minutes  of sittings  of committees  and commissions are               
official internal  documents which may only be used by members of               
the Seimas.  Other persons  may use  these minutes  only with the               
consent of  the chairperson  of the Committee or commission. Upon               
the completion  of the calendar year, the minutes of sittings and               
other documents  of Committees and commissions shall be preserved               
in the  Committees or  commission  for  the  period  of  a  year;               
thereafter they shall be transferred to the Seimas archives.                    
     All documents  of interim commissions must be transferred to               
the Seimas  archives within  10 days  of the  expiration  of  the               
authorized period of said commission.                                           
                                                                                
     Article  127.  Draft  laws  of  the  Republic  of  Lithuania               
submitted for public consideration shall be published in national               
newspapers using  State funds.  In publishing  such  drafts,  the               
names of  the persons  who prepared  and initiated  them must  be               
indicated.                                                                      
     Draft laws  given over to be published must be signed by the               
chairperson of  the Committee  to which  the draft  was given for               
preparation as well as by the Seimas Chancellor.                                
                                                                                
     Article 128.  Before being  given to  the President  of  the               
Republic to  be signed, adopted laws of the Republic of Lithuania               
and other  acts of  the Seimas  shall, together with the visas of               
the chairperson  of the Committee which prepared the draft and of               
the Seimas  Chancellor, as  well as  of the  officer who presided               
over the  sitting whereat  the act was adopted if the sitting was               
not presided  over by  the Seimas  Speaker, be  presented to  the               
Seimas Speaker to be given a visa or to be signed.                              
     Adopted laws which have a visa from the Seimas Speaker shall               
immediately be  given to  the President  of the  Republic  to  be               
signed.                                                                         
     The Seimas  Speaker shall  sign acts  adopted by  the Seimas               
Board after they have been given a visa by the Seimas Chancellor.               
     Upon signing  an act, the Seimas Speaker shall transfer said               
act to the Seimas Chancellor to be promulgated.                                 
                                                                                
     Article 129.  Laws of  the Republic  of Lithuania  and other               
documents of  the Seimas  shall be  promulgated and  shall become               
effective pursuant  to the law "On the Procedure for Promulgating               
and Enforcing  the Laws  of the  Republic of  Lithuania and other               
Legal Acts."                                                                    
     Laws of the Republic of Lithuania signed by the President of               
the Republic  as well  as resolutions of the Seimas shall be sent               
to the  Government, the  Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court,               
the State  Controller, and, as necessary, to heads of other State               
institutions and  regional and  town local  governments within  3               
working days after their signing.                                               
                                                                                
     Article 130.  The Seimas  of the Republic of Lithuania shall               
have two  seals with the Lithuanian State emblem - the great seal               
which is  38 mm in diameter, and the small seal which is 27 mm in               
diameter. The  Seimas Chancellor shall be responsible for the use               
and preservation of the Seimas seals.                                           
                                                                                
     Article  131.   The  great  seal  of  the  Seimas  with  the               
Lithuanian  State   emblem  shall   be  imprinted  on  the  laws,               
resolutions and  other official  documents of the Seimas, as well               
as on  documents sent  to institutions  of  State  authority  and               
government of  foreign states,  international treaties  and other               
documents signed by the Seimas Speaker.                                         
                                                                                
     Article  132.   The  small  seal  of  the  Seimas  with  the               
Lithuanian State  emblem shall be imprinted on the identification               
certificates and  other documents  signed by  the Seimas Speaker,               
his or her deputies, or the Seimas Chancellor.                                  
                                                                                
     Article 134.  The Seimas  Speaker, his  or her deputies, and               
the Seimas  Chancellor shall have the right to speak on behalf of               
the Seimas.  The Seimas  may also  authorize a Seimas member or a               
Speaker's Spokesman  for the  press appointed by the Seimas Board               
to speak on behalf of the Seimas.                                               
     Chairpersons  of   Seimas  Committee,  their  deputies,  and               
authorised  Committee  members  may  speak  on  behalf  of  their               
respective Committees.                                                          
                                                                                
     Article 136.  The  Lithuanian  Radio  and  Television  shall               
regularly prepare coverage of open sittings of the Seimas. On the               
resolution of the Seimas, separate sittings shall be broadcast in               
full on  the radio  and television  at a  time acceptable  by the               
Lithuanian Radio  and Television.  In  disputable  cases,  issues               
shall be  resolved by  the Seimas at the request of parliamentary               
groups.                                                                         
     Representatives  of   the  radio  and  television  shall  be               
informed of sitting agendas by the Seimas Chancellor.                           
     Accredited journalists  shall  be  supplied  with  documents               
which are  necessary for  their job by the Seimas information and               
analysis service.                                                               
                                                                                
     Article 137. Official information concerning sittings of the               
Seimas, the  Seimas Board, and the Assembly of Spokesmen shall be               
prepared and  announced by  the Seimas  information and  analysis               
service and shall be signed by the presiding officer.                           
     The Lithuanian Radio and Television and national newspapers,               
when publishing  or broadcasting  coverage  of  Seimas  sittings,               
shall  also  announce  an  official  report  on  these  sittings.               
Coverage must  be separate  from commentary  on the activities of               
the Seimas. (Amended 12 October 1993)                                           
                                                                                
     Article 138.  After important sittings, Committees shall, as               
a rule,  prepare reports  for the  mass media  on their  work and               
shall present said reports to the Seimas information and analysis               
service.                                                                        
     Broadcasting or  coverage of  sittings of  the Seimas Board,               
the  Assembly   of   Spokesmen,   Committees,   commissions   and               
parliamentary groups  shall be  made only with the consent of the               
chief officer of the respective group.                                          
                                                                                
     Article 139.  Documents intended  for  all  members  of  the               
Seimas, Committees  or parliamentary  groups shall be distributed               
by the  Secretariat  of  the  sittings.  The  documents  must  be               
registered at  the Seimas  Reception office and must be signed by               
at least  one member of the Seimas. The procedure for submitting,               
registering and  distributing drafts  of laws  and other standard               
acts shall be established in Chapter 21 of this Statute.                        
     Information concerning the activities of the Seimas shall be               
prepared and,  as necessary,  presented to  the Seimas members by               
the Seimas information and analysis service.                                    
                                                                                
Speaker of the Seimas                                                           
of the Republic of Lithuania       Ceslovas Jursenas