SYRIZA Wants Constitutional Changes to Election System

ATHENS – Battered in the polls after reneging on anti-austerity promises, Greece’s ruling Radical Left SYRIZA wants to change the Constitution’s election laws.

Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said there could be a referendum on the idea and would center around the idea of eliminating or reducing the 50-seat bonus in Parliament given the winning party.

SYRIZA instead, she said, wants a system of “simple proportional representation” in which seats in Parliament would be allocated on what percentage of the vote a party gets.

Another change being mulled is direct election of the President, a symbolic, powereless office, by voters instead of being appointed by the government.

A committee is to be given just over a year to compile the government’s proposal, according to sources who told Kathimerini that Interior Minister Panayiotis Kouroublis as well as Labor Minister Giorgos Katrougalos and SYRIZA MEP Costas Chrysogonos, both Professors of Constitutional Law, will be members of the panel.

The committee is to present its proposal next summer on July 24, the anniversary of the restoration of democracy in 1974 following the fall of Greece’s military dictatorship.