Turnout reached a new high of 53.1% in Lithuania, as the country held European elections in conjuncture with the second round of its Presidential Election. Victorious Presidential candidate Nauseda ran as an independent so its difficult to judge what effect this had on the European elections. But its clear that the decision to combine these two elections boosted voter turnout.
Once more, Lithuanians will send a highly fragmented delegation of MEPs to Brussels. The Homeland Union, an EPP-affiliated party has edged ahead of its rivals and will claim three seats in 2019-2024. Where did the additional votes come from? Some votes certainly stemmed from the collapse of support for the right-wing Tvarka ir teisingumas (TT) who secured 2 seats in 2014. But Lithuanian media also speculate that the Homeland Union benefitted form a poor performance from the liberal LRLS who dropped form 16% of the vote to 6%.
Performance of other parties largely mirrors achievements in 2014, with socialists coming in second on 16%, Greens & Farmers Union (LVZS) becoming the third party with 12.8%, and the Labour Party (DP) dropping a few percentage points to 9.2%.