Greeks abroad to be included in national elections via postal vote

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A parliamentary meeting held on Monday, January 21 has led to an amendment to the proposed postal voting bill.

The amendment will now allow for Greek people living abroad to vote in both national elections in Greece, and European elections.

The postal voting will be an exclusive method to vote in national elections for Greeks living in other countries.

It was specified that postal voting will only be available to those living outside Greece and they must be registered the special mail-in lists and provide a foreign address.

During the parliamentary debate, the provision to the bill requires a majority of at least 200 votes.

Interior Minister Niki Kerameus attended the parliamentary meeting and introduced the amendment to the postal voting bill.

“The Parliament has the historical and moral responsibility to approve, with the utmost consensus, a legislative proposal that removes any real or practical impediment to the exercise of the voting rights of Greek citizens, regardless of their place of residence or location,” Ms Kerameus said during the amendment’s announcement. 

The parliamentary vote for the postal voting bill will take place later this week.

Sources: Amna.gr and Ekathimerini.

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