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Lithuania

Lithuania

5. Participation

5.9 E-participation

Youth e-participation is one of the priorities of Lithuanian youth NGOs. Lithuania ranks 23rd in embracing innovation and utilizing ICTs to deliver services and engage people in decision-making processes according to UN E-Government Survey 2016 which measures e-government effectiveness in the delivery of basic economic and social services to people in five sectors, namely education, health, labour and employment, finance and social welfare, however information on youth e-participation is not available in this study. The topic of e-voting has been discussed in Lithuania for a long time. The World Lithuanian Community and the commission of the Lithuanian parliament passed a resolution in 2010 to suggest moving forward with internet-based voting, but discussions continue with no decision. 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 around sixty-five percent in Lithuania support the implementation of online voting according surveys. Lithuanian youth organizations and the Central Electoral Commission of the Republic of Lithuania support an introduction of internet based voting. More information on e-participation in municipalities can be found here.