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"38th LiJOT Assembly "
NewsPublished on 2015-04-27

On 25th-26th April in Druskininkai was a regular spring Assembly of Lithuanian youth council (LiJOT) which was attended by more than one hundred representatives of youth or youth related organizations. In 38th LiJOT Assembly were verified annual LiJOT and the Department of Youth Affairs activity reports, elected new members to LiJOT board (Elena Sinkevičiūtė), to the Department of Youth Affairs(Aistė Mikalauskaitė, Aistis Ramanauskas, Aurelija Trimonytė, Benas Cechanavičius, Konstantinas Rečkovas, Milda Kuraitė) and to LiJOT control commission (Agnė Albrechtaitė, Raimonda Bogužaitė, Odeta Bartašiūtė, Lukas Kornelijus Vaičiakas). We are glad being able to welcome a new observer- Marine Scout „Divytis”. Also, by the decision of organizations from LiJOT was expelled Lithuanian national youth association.

During the general meeting of the council of Lithuanian youth organizations, in the 38th Assembly, youth organizations adopted resolution entitled “Regarding the imposition of citizens voting via internet in presidential, parliament, municipalities, mayors, European Parliament elections and referendums.”

In the document is outlined that elections in a country of a modern representative democracy is the most important mechanism for the legitimization of the government. Therefore, an inclusion of all citizens in Lithuania and abroad in elections is the main tool in order to ensure broader representation and a possibility to contribute to the creation and development of the country.  

Mantas Zakarka, president of LiJOT, says that already for a lot of years discussions about the imposition of electronic voting as a way to involve more young people and Lithuanians living abroad are present.

“We are sure that this kind of voting alternative would encourage both people living in Lithuania and emigrants to participate more actively while making the most important country decisions, also would increase voting participation”,- adds M. Zakarka.

According to an opinion expressed by LiJOT organizations, internet based voting not only would help to solve inconveniences related to geographical aspects but also would encourage bigger inclusion of expats. The system of traditional voting for Lithuanians abroad provides possibility to vote by using post services in Lithuanian embassies or embassies of European Union countries and this composes main obstacles for emigrants who live far away from the biggest cities to vote in Lithuanian national elections and express their civic will.

However, according to M. Zakarka while thinking about the possibility of introducing internet voting in Lithuania, it is necessary to have in mind security and put all possible efforts to ensure it maximally.

Finally youth organizations mutually agree that internet voting would be a tool in creating the image of a modern country- would be used up to date, innovative methods, lots of peoples’ lives making easier and saving tax payers’ money.

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