The Seimas Board did not allow V.Ąžuolas and D.Kepenis to work from the booths

The two parliamentarians asked for access to the Seimas in this way.

According to them, such a precedent was set by the conservative Laurynas Kasčiūnas, who worked one day from the booth.

The Conservative isolated himself from his colleagues in the interpreter booth in December last year after minor contact with the patient on his own initiative.

“The Seimas has decided on working conditions and that decision is very clear, as Julius Sabatauskas said, it is not for the Board to change those decisions now,” the Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen said on Monday.

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / Victoria Čmilytė-Nielsen

The amendments to the Statute of the Seimas adopted at the end of December stipulate that as of January 11, a member of the Seimas is allowed to enter the parliament only upon submission of a document confirming that he meets the criteria provided for in the Government resolution on the declaration of a state of emergency.

This means that a member of the Seimas must prove that he or she has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has contracted the disease or has a negative test result.

If I’m healthy as a radish, I go to work.

If a parliamentarian who has not provided such data does not participate in the sittings of the Seimas or committees or commissions, the sitting shall be deemed to have been missed without an important justifiable reason.

“I am an elected member of the Seimas and I will go to work,” D. Kepenis told BNS on Monday after learning about the decision of the Seimas Board.

He claimed to have been ill-treated by COVID-19, informing the Chancellery of the Seimas about it.

“If I’m healthy as a radish, I’m going to work,” he said.

V.Ąžuolas told the Seimas Commission on Ethics and Procedures about the decision not to allow him to work from the interpreter’s booth.

“It simply came to our notice then. L.Kasčiūnas was allowed to go to the translators’ booth, to work from there (…). It now turns out that the opposition cannot. That decision will have to be appealed to the Ethics Commission in order to clarify whether such conditions can be created only for conservatives, or whether equal conditions should be created for all members of the Seimas, ”the“ peasant ”asserted.

He said he did not know if his ticket to the Seimas would work on Tuesday morning.

“We’ll find out tomorrow morning,” he said.

According to the Seimas Chancellery, 130 parliamentarians had submitted the necessary documents to enter the Seimas on Tuesday by Monday afternoon.

A total of 141 elected politicians work in parliament.

On Tuesday morning, an employee of the chancellery is promised to be on duty at the entrances to the parliament building and to help members of the Seimas enter the building.

Andrius Mazuronis, the “working” Speaker of the Seimas, claimed that blocking the cards of the members of the Seimas did not revoke their mandates, therefore urged the entire Seimas to apply to the Constitutional Court to clarify whether the opportunities for the elected representatives of the nation could be restricted.

He feared that after a while it became clear that the above-mentioned amendments to the Statute of the Seimas would still violate the Constitution, doubts could arise as to the legality of the adopted laws.

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