ManoSeimas.lt

Published September 10, 2015

Members of the Parliament participate in only slightly more than half (53%) plenary votes, shows the latest “Transparency International” Lithuania site “Manoseimas.lt”. The most active voters of this term are from the fractions “Electoral Action of Poles” and “Order and Justice” (61%), whereas least likely to vote are members from “Liberals’ movement” (40%).

In this term most frequently adopted draft legislation is submitted by the ruling Lithuanian Socialdemokratic Party fraction – 29% of its’ submitted acts.  This party is followed by coalition partners Labor Party (19%), Party Order and Justice (16%) and opposition party Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats (15%).

Among 20 members of the Parliament who propose draft legislation most successfully, only 3 members are not from the ruling coalition: Stasys Šedbaras (46% of proposals adopted), Emanuelis Zingeris (44%) and Liutauras Kazlavickas (35%).

 

Even 20 politicians did not sign a single draft legislation which would later be accepted.  Nonpartisan Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen is the only member of the Parliament who has not yet provided any draft legislation.

Among 10 least voting members even 6 are former or current ministers, i.e. Minister of Economy Birutė Vėsaitė, Minister of Defence Juozas Olekas, Minister of Justice Juozas Bernatonis, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius, Minister of Culture Šarūnas Birutis, Minister of Transport Rimantas Sinkevičius.

“I hope this site will help citizens of Lithuania to understand faster and easier whether they are satisfied with the work of their elected politicians. At this moment website provides information which is possible to obtain from public data but there are a lot of things society still may not be able to find out. For example, publicly available agendas of politicians often do not provide a complete picture with whom they meet during their work hours and which interest groups can possibly influence them”, – said the head of “Transparency International” Lithuania Sergejus Muravjovas.

In the updated site “Manoseimas.lt” it is possible to quickly and easily get the biographies of the Parliament members, their memberships in committees, find out how actively they participate in meetings and votes, how frequently and on what subjects they speak, read their speeches transcripts as well as draft legislation proposals, see with whom they propose draft legislation most frequently and to what extent these proposals are adopted successfully.

Visitors of “Manoseimas.lt” are also able to see how members of 2008-2012 Parliament voted for the most important laws in question and compare their positions with the positions of Seimas members.

For more information please visit ManoSeimas.lt, or contact:

Sergejus Muravjovas, +370 68997579, sergejus@transparency.lt.