Lithuanians register for voting at a polling station in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 11, 2014. About 2.5 million Lithuanians went to the polls on Sunday to elect a president from seven candidates. (Xinhua/Bu Peng)
VILNIUS, May 11 (Xinhua) -- The first three hours saw 7.38 percent of the 2.5 million voters casting their votes in the current presidential election in Lithuania, the Central Electoral Commission announced on Sunday.
Data obtained from 1,963 out of the 2,004 voting stations show that 7.38 percent of the voters have expressed their will in the first three hours of voting. In all, 5.1 percent casted their vote in advance voting earlier this week. In the previous presidential election in 2009, 5.74 percent of the voters casted their vote in the first three hours, according to data from CEC.
President of Lithuania and candidate for a second term Dalia Grybauskaite voted in early morning in Vilnius.
"Today is the day when every person in Lithuania can make a very serious and important decision for oneself. I invite all to make this decision. Lithuania's tomorrow depends on every person in Lithuania and on every citizen, Grybauskaite told news media after casting her vote.
Polling stations are open from 7:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) to 8:00 p.m. (1700 GMT).
Opinion polls have indicated that incumbent President Dalia Grybauskaite is likely to be re-elected.
Zigmantas Balcytis, a Social Democrat and a member of the European Parliament, as well as Arturas Paulauskas of the Labor Party, are her main challengers. Four other candidates are also contending the post.
A second round, if necessary, will be held on May 25.