The Committee of Ministers ended its supervision of the execution of the European Court’s judgment in the case of the former president Rolandas Paksas, which was pending since 2011. In its judgment, the Court found a violation of the applicant’s right to free elections due to the “permanent and irreversible” nature of the applicant’s disqualification from standing for parliamentary elections, as a result of his removal from presidential office following impeachment proceedings.
The constitutional amendment adopted in April 2022 by the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas) in response to the Court’s judgment entered into force on 22 May 2022. The constitutional amendment is also reflected in a new Electoral Code, which came into force on 1 September 2022. In line with these amendments, any person removed from office or whose mandate as a member of the Seimas has been revoked by the Seimas through impeachment proceedings will not be subjected to a “permanent and irreversible” ban from standing for parliamentary elections but will be able to stand for elections to the Seimas after a period of “at least ten years”. Therefore, the applicant now has the right to request his registration and to stand as a candidate in future parliamentary elections.