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Baltic ballot at Aston!

6 October – for immediate release

Lithuanians living in the Midlands will be able to participate in their national elections for the first time this year thanks to an agreement between the Lithuanian Embassy and Aston University in Birmingham. 

A special polling station will open at the University on October 12th. Aston University was invited to take part in the elections after the Lithuanian Ambassador visited the University to give a lecture earlier this year.

There are just seven poling stations for the elections in the UK, including the one at Aston (four in London, one in Peterborough and one in Armagh). Aston will be the only University in the UK to be used as a polling station. There is a thriving population of around 50 Lithuanian students currently at the University.

David Tobin, who is one of Aston’s International Officers, said:

‘The West Midlands has become a home from home for a growing number of Lithuanians and so, as a service to our Baltic community, we will host a polling station for the October parliamentary elections here on the Aston campus. 

‘Our University is home to a global community of international students from over a hundred countries across the world, including many Lithuanian students. Some of these students will help out on the day and are keen to get involved. ‘

Local Lithuanian residents who would like to participate in the elections can visit the Embassy‘s website at www.lithuanianembassy.co.uk to download a registration form. This can be returned via email at rinkimai@lithuanianembassy.co.uk or fax to 020 7486 6403. In order to send a ballot paper the embassy needs requires a correct postal address for voters.  People can indicate on the registration form whether they wish to vote via post or in person at Aston University.

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For further press information only please contact Laura Plotnek on 0121 204 4549.

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