2009 Lithuanian presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Lithuania on 17 May 2009. A run-off would have been held on 7 June 2009,[1] but was not necessary as Dalia Grybauskaitė was elected with 69 percent of the vote, with voter turnout just over the 50% threshold for the result to be validated.[2] She took office on 12 July as the country's first female president.

2009 Lithuanian presidential election

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  Dalia Grybauskaite Mazeikiuose.2009-04-29.jpg Algirdas Butkevičius 2013-01-10.jpg
Nominee Dalia Grybauskaitė Algirdas Butkevičius
Party Independent Social Democratic
Popular vote 950,407 162,665
Percentage 69.1% 11.8%

  Opening CoR conference (cropped1).jpg Waldemar Tomaszewski.jpg
Nominee Valentinas Mazuronis Valdemar Tomaševski
Party Order and Justice AWPL
Popular vote 84,656 65,255
Percentage 6.15% 4.74%

President before election

Valdas Adamkus
Independent

Elected President

Dalia Grybauskaitė
Independent

This was only the second time since the restoration of independence that a Lithuanian president was elected without the need for a runoff, the first being in 1993, when Algirdas Brazauskas was elected with 61 percent in the first round.

CandidatesEdit

The Electoral Commission registered 14 candidates for the elections, whilst Vladimir Romanov's application was rejected. However, six candidates (Jonas Jankauskas, Vytautas Kundrotas, Algimantas Matulevičius, Algirdas Pilvelis, Vidmantas Sadauskas and Zigmas Vaišvila) failed to collect the 20,000 signatures required, and Seimas Speaker Arūnas Valinskas (National Resurrection Party) withdrew his candidacy.[3]

Seven candidates collected enough signatures to participate in the elections:

Opinion pollsEdit

According to the opinion polls, Grybauskaitė was the undisputed leader in the race for the Presidency.[4][5]

ResultsEdit

Candidate Party Votes %
Dalia Grybauskaitė Independent 950,407 69.09
Algirdas Butkevičius Social Democratic Party of Lithuania 162,665 11.82
Valentinas Mazuronis Order and Justice 84,656 6.15
Valdemar Tomaševski Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania 65,255 4.74
Kazimira Prunskienė Lithuanian Peasant Popular Union 53,778 3.91
Loreta Graužinienė Labour Party 49,686 3.61
Česlovas Jezerskas Independent 9,191 0.67
Invalid votes 17,640
Total 1,393,278 100
Registered voters/turnout 2,691,603 51.76
Source: Central Election Commission

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