Create Legal, Organizational and Technical Tools to Easily Access Detailed Information About Election and Voting Procedures (LT0019)
Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment At present, there is no access to detailed information on elections and voting procedures, participation in elections, and donations to a political campaign participant. Both the society and the State and municipal institutions indicate a need to obtain and make use of this information for the purposes of their activities. Main objective To provide public access to detailed information on elections and voting procedures, participation in elections, and donations to the political campaign participants. Brief description of commitment A system will be designed and launched to provide access to detailed information on elections and voting procedures, participation in elections, and donations to a political campaign participant.
IRM Midterm Status Summary
5. To create legal, organizational and technical tools to easily access detailed information about election and voting procedures, participation in the elections, donations to political campaign participants
A system will be designed and launched to provide access to detailed information on elections and voting procedures, participation in elections, and donations to a political campaign participant.
Responsible institution: Central Electoral Commission
Supporting institution: Ministry of Justice
Start date: Not specified
End date: Not specified
Context and Objectives
The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) is a principle state institution responsible for organizing and conducting elections, referendums and monitoring the financing of political parties and campaigns. Although the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) described Lithuanian elections as transparent, the loopholes for monitoring financial flows remain problematic: 'the correct estimation of the value of in-kind donations and the fact that they are rarely reported remain a serious challenge for transparency of funding.'[Note: OSCE/ODIHR Election Assessment Mission Report, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, 2012, available at: http://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/98586?download=true.] Financial statements and audit reports of political campaign financing are made public through the CEC website within 100 days following the proclamation of the final election results. However, the information on political party and campaign financing on the CEC website is difficult to find, a view shared by Kristina Ivanauskaite-Pettinari, the head of the Trainings and Communications Department at the CEC.[Note:Note: Kristina Ivanauskaite-Pettinari, Central Electoral Commission, interview by IRM researcher, 20 September 2017.]
The commitment aims to provide greater access to information on elections and voting procedures through the creation of legal, organizational, and technical tools. However, the commitment does not provide a measurable and verifiable definition of 'legal, organizational, and technical tools,' and does not define what information will be made available. Thus, it has a low specificity. Due to the lack of clarity about the outcomes, the commitment’s potential impact is marked as minor.
The Chair of the CEC Laura Matjošaityte signed 'The Concept of Opening Election Data for the Public' on 15 May 2017, and for the first time introduced a description of 'detailed data about elections.'[Note: The Concept of Opening Election Data for the Public, No. Į1-14 (1.3), 15 May 2017 (publicly not available, IRM researcher received a hard copy by request). ] The CEC used its previous experience and analyses to determine what data is in public demand but is not currently available. According to Kristina Ivanauskaite-Pettinari of the CEC, both journalists and active citizens have called the CEC after major political scandals to ask about donations to political parties or politicians, which is how the CEC determined what specific data is on demand. However, when asked by the IRM researcher about the availability of any statistics or analysis for requests, she said such information was not systemized, and that the determination for on-demand data was made without consulting other interest groups.[Note: Kristina Ivanauskaite-Pettinari, Central Electoral Commission, interview by IRM researcher, 20 September 2017.]
The CEC also proposed creating a system that would gather personal data on individual participation in the elections and citizens’ donations to the politicians. The CEC prepared a project proposal to receive financial support from the EU Structural Funds. At the time of writing this report (September 2017), CEC staff is amending its proposal based on the feedback it received from the donor.
The duration of the project is 30 months. Because the proposal is not yet approved, and it is unclear when it would start, it is already clear that the commitment will not be implemented until the end of 2018, and is thus behind schedule.
This commitment comes directly from the National Anti-Corruption Program for 2015–2019, a strategic long-term document that maps the areas of government most prone to corruption with exact measures and responsible institutions for each of them. The Lithuanian government made the CEC responsible to implement the commitment by the end of 2019, but the CEC coordinates its activities with the National Anti-Corruption Program rather than the OGP action plan. Therefore, the IRM researcher does not recommend carrying this commitment forward to the next action plan.
LT0024, 2018, Access to Information
NGO Database, NGO Fund
LT0025, 2018, Civic Space
Publish Fiscal Information
LT0026, 2018, E-Government
Public Services by NGOs
LT0027, 2018, Capacity Building
Monitoring and Evlauation for Public Participation
LT0028, 2018, Public Participation
Legislative Process Evaluation
LT0029, 2018, Capacity Building
Build Open Data Portal, and Integrate Into the European Single Digital Market.
LT0015, 2016, Access to Information
Publicize Information About Government Activities and Civic Participation in Governance.
LT0016, 2016, Capacity Building
Publish Online Information About Revenues and Spending of National and Municipal Institutions
LT0017, 2016, E-Government
Create and Broadcast Social Advertisements That Target Corruption in the Healthcare System
LT0018, 2016, Anti-Corruption
Create Legal, Organizational and Technical Tools to Easily Access Detailed Information About Election and Voting Procedures
LT0019, 2016, E-Government
Create Public Consultation Mechanism
LT0020, 2016, Capacity Building
Foster Open Public Governance Culture in Public Sector
LT0021, 2016, Capacity Building
Creation of NGO Database.
LT0022, 2016, Civic Space
Creation of NGO Fund.
LT0023, 2016, Capacity Building
Public Service Quality Improvements
LT0007, 2014, Capacity Building
Developing and Promoting E-Services
LT0008, 2014, E-Government
Encouraging Public Participation
LT0009, 2014, E-Government
Raising Civic Awareness
LT0010, 2014, Education
National Civil Society Fund Model Development
LT0011, 2014, Civic Space
Accessibility of Public Information
LT0012, 2014, Access to Information
Public Decision-Making Transparency
LT0013, 2014, Anti-Corruption
Promoting Anti-Corruption Education
LT0014, 2014, Anti-Corruption
Increase of the Accessibility of the Information Held by Public Administration Authorities.
Centralised Publishing of Information on Government Activities
More Extensive Public Consultations
LT0003, 2012, Public Participation
Promotion of Public Participation in Public Administration Processes
LT0004, 2012, Legislative
Increasing the Accessibility of Services Provided to the Public.
LT0005, 2012, E-Government
Promotion of Public Participation in the Process for the Improvement of Service Provision
LT0006, 2012, Public Participation