August 10th was the deadline to declare candidacy to the Central Election Commission (CEC) for the independently nominated political election. As of yesterday, 27 political parties and 43 independent candidates declared willingness to participate in the election, according to the daily newspaper „Lietuvos žinios“.
Among 43 self-nominated candidates,five are current Parliament members. Stanislovas Giedraitis (LSDP member), Gediminas Navaitis(left Liberal Movement Party this year), Andrius Šedžius(former social democrat), Evaldas Lemantauskas (left Order and Justice Party last year), and Asta Baukute (former member of Resurrection Party) will participate in elections for a second term of office. Baukute‘s spouse, K. Rupulevičius, also declared as an independent candidate.
Other well-known names are represented among the independent candidates. Former head of the Special Investigation Service in Panevėžys Povilas Urbšys, the former president’s spokesman and now president of the Green Policy Institute, Linas Balsys, and conservative Panevėžys Mayor Vitalijus Satkevičius are a few among many.
All self-representing candidates for parliamentary elections in the fall still must collect one thousand voter signatures in their district. Z.Vaigauskas speculated that, starting this weekend, candidates will be visiting voters for their support.