Presidential Elections

Electoral system

Under the 1992 constitution the president is directly elected for a five-year term. If no candidate secures an absolute majority in the first round, there is a runoff between the two leading candidates.

Latest elections

A presidential election was held in Lithuania on 17 May 2009. Former European Commissioner Dalia Grybauskaitė was elected with 69.09 percent of the valid vote and was inaugurated on 12 July as the country's first female president. No second round was necessary, as she won an absolute majority in the first round.

Election results 2008, main candidates. NUTS 3.


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Stöver, Philip and Andreas M. Wüst. 2005. Electoral systems.

Central Electoral Committee of the Republic of Lithuania: