Activity in the second round of mayors elections was 24.56 percent

24.56 percent voted in the second round of mayors’ elections. The electoral data published by the Central Electoral Commission on Sunday afternoon shows voters, that is, just over four years ago.

According to the commission, 24.56 percent voted on election day until 15.00. voters, another 6.31 percent voted in advance.

In 2015, during the second round of mayors’ elections, 25.40 percent of votes were cast at that time. voters.

In major cities, people have traditionally voted less actively.

26.02% voted in Vilnius, 22.26% in Klaipėda, 22.39% in Panevezys. voters.

The least voters have so far voted in Panevėžys district – 16.40 percent.

Šilutė district is the most active in Klaipeda county – 22.79% Skuodas district – 22.37% Kretinga district – 21.57% Klaipeda district – passive – 18.19%

Voting in polling stations on Sunday will take place until 20:00.

The second round of elections takes place in 41 municipalities. 19 cities and districts mayors were elected in the first round two weeks ago, and municipal council members were also elected.

Until the end of the vote, there is a ban on agitation not only in the ongoing municipal elections, but also in the upcoming presidential and referendum elections.

More than twenty MEPs called for European Union (EU) sanctions to be imposed on Vladimir Romanov, the former owner of Ūkio bankas, for suspicions of money laundering.

In this way, politicians responded to a journalistic investigation about suspicious transfers from Ūkio bankas to the Russian investment bank Troika Dialog. Journalists say the money laundering scheme was in place for the years 2006-2013.

“We think we need to take urgent action against private individuals in this case, such as Ruben Vardanian, head of Troika Dialog, and Vladimir Romanov, former manager of Ūkio bankas, who has now collapsed, escaped from Lithuania in 2013 and now lives in Russia. , and secured a shelter there, ”wrote a letter to the President of the European Commission published this week.

“We urge the Commission to start all the necessary procedures without delay in order to have EU sanctions imposed on those who are in the Troika Laundromat case”, MEPs say.

Journalists from 18 countries conducted journalistic research. The banking data and the research journalism center OCCRP received the lost banking data.

MEPs say that this case confirms the EU’s vulnerability and unpreparedness in the fight against financial fraud and money laundering.

They called for an EU-wide anti-money laundering supervisory authority to be set up as soon as possible and for support to Lithuanian and foreign officials carrying out investigations.

The letter was signed by 22 MEPs from 14 countries. Petras Auštrevičius, the initiator of the letter, said that money laundering is a threat to the European political and financial system.

Money laundering in Europe, and especially from Russia, has taken on an unprecedented scale, so we have to react,” Austrevic said on Friday.

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