5.10 Current debates and reforms
Youth e-participation is one of the priorities of Lithuanian youth NGOs; however it remains a debated topic. In 2015 Lithuania’s parliament has voted against amendments to election laws that would have legalized Internet voting, and rejected the possibility of revising them, despite the fact that acound sixty-five percent of the residents in Lithuania support the implementation of online voting and the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania support an introduction of internet based voting.
One more debate regarding youth participation is related to the fact that some youth organisations that receive funding from the state are associated with political parties operating in Lithuania. Therefore, it is difficult to determine the extent to which projects implemented by these youth organisations are aimed at achieving the targets of the youth policy, and to which they are aimed at the propagation of ideologies of the relevants parties (Report of National Audit Office, 2016).