2009 Lithuanian presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Lithuania on 17 May 2009. A run-off would have been held on 7 June 2009,[1] but was not necessary as Dalia Grybauskaitė was elected with 69 percent of the vote, with voter turnout just over the 50% threshold for the result to be validated.[2] She took office on 12 July as the country's first female president.

2009 Lithuanian presidential election

 2004 17 May 2009 2014 
Nominee Dalia Grybauskaitė Algirdas Butkevičius
Party Independent LSDP
Popular vote 950,407 162,665
Percentage 69.1% 11.8%

Nominee Valentinas Mazuronis Valdemar Tomaševski
Popular vote 84,656 65,255
Percentage 6.15% 4.74%

President before election

Valdas Adamkus

Elected President

Dalia Grybauskaitė

This was only the second time since the restoration of independence that a Lithuanian president was elected without the need for a runoff, the first being in 1993, when Algirdas Brazauskas was elected with 61 percent in the first round.


The Electoral Commission registered 14 candidates for the elections, whilst Vladimir Romanov's application was rejected. However, six candidates (Jonas Jankauskas, Vytautas Kundrotas, Algimantas Matulevičius, Algirdas Pilvelis, Vidmantas Sadauskas and Zigmas Vaišvila) failed to collect the 20,000 signatures required, and Seimas Speaker Arūnas Valinskas (National Resurrection Party) withdrew his candidacy.[3]

Seven candidates collected enough signatures to participate in the elections:

Opinion polls

According to the opinion polls, Grybauskaitė was the undisputed leader in the race for the Presidency.[4][5]


Candidate Party Votes %
Dalia GrybauskaitėIndependent950,40769.09
Algirdas ButkevičiusSocial Democratic Party of Lithuania162,66511.82
Valentinas MazuronisOrder and Justice84,6566.15
Valdemar TomaševskiElectoral Action of Poles in Lithuania65,2554.74
Kazimira PrunskienėLithuanian Peasant Popular Union53,7783.91
Loreta GraužinienėLabour Party49,6863.61
Česlovas JezerskasIndependent9,1910.67
Invalid votes17,640
Registered voters/turnout2,691,60351.76
Source: Central Election Commission