Mixed feelings in Vilnius on Lithuanian election day
Just before the polls closed Sunday in the second round of Lithuania's general election, Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa asked people crossing the Lithuanian capital's landmark White Bridge if they had voted.
Speaking from behind the wheel of his cab while waiting at the end of the bridge, taxi driver Andrey said he had voted for fellow ethnic Russian Viktor Uspaskich of the Labor Party.
"I am a worker, so I always vote for Labour," Andrey said.
Student Gedrius, who was passing by, said he had not bothered to vote and found even the suggestion that he would do so comical. Asked what he had been doing instead, he laughed: "Sleeping!"
On the other side of the bridge, shop worker Arturas had another reason for not voting. "I have been at work in Vilnius all day but I don't live in Vilnius and by the time I get home the polling station will be closed," he said with a shrug.
Sigita and Centas had not been to the polls either. They explained that they didn't feel they knew enough about the parties to make a proper choice.
Crossing the bridge just behind them was another young couple, Darius and Reda. "We haven't voted yet, but we are on the way to vote right now," Reda said.
"Neither of two candidates standing this time in our constituency are ideal, but it is important to vote," she said. Asked how she would choose between the two, she said she would back the one with more charisma.
Darius agreed that it was important to express an opinion at the ballot box and said he had found it interesting to follow the arguments between the parties.
Would a victory for the opposition Homeland Union mean big changes? "I hope so," he replied.