Ninety-five MPS voted in favor, one voted against and 12 abstained.

A constitutional amendment must be voted on twice by the Seimas, with an interval of at least three months between the votes, and requires a two-thirds majority, or 94 votes, to be adopted.

MP Edmundas Pupinis of the ruling Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, who spoke in favor of the amendment, noted that most EU countries allow younger citizens to stand for election, adding that the lower age limit does not automatically mean that young people will "flood" the parliament.

"Sixteen 16 EU countries allow people as young as 18 to stand as candidates, and seven countries, including our neighbors Latvia and Estonia, [have set the age limit] at 21 years," he said.

MP Robertas Sarknickas of the opposition Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union said, however, that at 21 years of age, people do not yet have the competence and experience to serve as parliamentarians.

Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen, the Liberal Movement's leader who currently holds the post of the speaker of the Seimas, initiated the constitutional amendment during the previous parliamentary term.

She notes that Lithuania's laws allow a person to run for the European Parliament once they turn 21.

Twenty-five years is the highest minimum age for national parliaments in the EU and, besides Lithuania, the age threshold is only in place in Italy, Greece and Cyprus, according to the initiator of the amendment.