Bill to lift voting restrictions for Greeks abroad tabled in Parliament

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The Greek Interior Ministry bill to lift restrictions for Greek citizens voting in elections abroad was tabled in Parliament on Monday, AMNA reported.

The bill, which is formally named “Revoking restrictions for the registration in special voter registration lists of voters living abroad,” was posted for public consultation last week.

Some of the restrictions the bill abolishes include the length of stay in Greece (2 years during the last 35 years) before voting, and to have filed taxes during the current year or the previous one from the year of elections.

This news comes after a number of Greek diaspora communities sent an open letter to members of Greece’s Parliament calling on them to pass the proposed bill.

Greece’s Deputy Interior Minister Theodoros Livanios, who is the driving force behind the new draft bill for the Greek diaspora vote, recently told The Greek Herald exclusively that he was ‘optimistic’ the bill would be passed by Parliament.

Source: amna.gr

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