Greece vows to abolish all voting restrictions for Greek diaspora


The Greek government will introduce an amendment abolishing all voting restrictions on the Greek diaspora, Interior Minister, Makis Voridis, said on Monday.

The issue was raised after Theodora Tzakir, a SYRIZA MP responsible for diaspora affairs, said in an interview with The National Herald that Greeks living abroad were being subject to “unfair and devaluing limitations” with regards to their right to vote in Greece’s national elections. She said the leftist party would remove these restrictions if it returned to power.

In his comments, Voridis said the amendment would be tabled before Parliament on Monday. 

Greece vows to abolish all voting restrictions for Greek diaspora.

READ MORE: Greek Minister of Interior: ‘The Greek diaspora is a pillar of preservation of our history.’

Government spokesperson, Aristotelia Peloni, confirmed that with the amendment, “for the first time, Greek voters outside the country have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote from their place of residence.”

She added that “what is proposed is to abolish the precondition of staying in Greece for two years during the last 35 years and the obligation to file a tax return during the current or previous year.”

READ MORE: Mitsotakis: The role of Greek diaspora in Australia crucial to Greece’s recovery.

Recently-passed legislation gives all Greek citizens living abroad the right to vote in the next national election if they can prove that they have lived continuously in Greece for two years in the last 35 years. This can be validated by presenting a variety of documentary evidence, which among others includes the national service certificate, proof of social security contributions and degrees from Greek universities.

Kathimerini also recently reported that the government is preparing an online registry for Greeks living abroad in a bid to strengthen diaspora ties with the homeland, as well as enhance public diplomacy and nation branding.

Source: Ekathimerini.




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Mykonos shop owner reflects on Australia, Greece and crystals

Greek Australian, Apostolos Triantafyllou, 56, has been living in Mykonos for over 30 years now, and running his jewellery store 'Amethyst'.

Niki Louca shares her recipe for chicken pie with mushrooms

Niki Louca from My Greek Kitchen shares her favourite recipe for kotopita with manitaria (chicken pie with mushrooms) with The Greek Herald.

Dr Trakakis to give lecture in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis

Dr Nick Trakakis will give a seminar on Thursday, May 30 at the Greek Centre in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis.

Greek Australian artist VASSY receives Billions List award

Greek Australian-bred, singer, songwriter and dance music producer VASSY, has been honoured with the Billions List Award by APRA AMCOS.

Themis Chryssidis to reinvent his acclaimed Adelaide restaurant

Themis Chryssidis is transforming his acclaimed city restaurant, eleven, with a new menu and more affordable prices.

You May Also Like

Greece digs cemeteries just for COVID victims as country hits grim milestone

Authorities in Thessaloniki have dug dozens of graves for the victims of COVID-19 after a sharp increase in the number of deaths.

Peter Dutton MP joins Greek Australian community in marking OXI Day

Australia’s Leader of the Opposition, Peter Dutton MP, has sent a message to the Greek Australian community to mark OXI Day today.

Vasili’s Taxidi: The Incredible Story of ‘Paul’s Famous Hamburgers’ (Part Two)

‘Paul’s Famous Hamburgers’ has become such an award-winning business that it is recognised at a national level, and even beyond Australia’s borders.