x

Politics

Limited Voting Rights in Greek Elections for Diaspora Set to Begin

February 17, 2021

ATHENS – Fourteen months after being passed into law, voting rights for a limited number of people in the Diaspora for Greek elections will open to them through an electronic platform enabling them to register.

That’s expected to be running by the end of February, said Kathimerini, allowing expatriates to vote from where they live but limited to those who can prove that over the past 35 years they once resided in Greece for an uninterrupted period of two years.

Proof can be provided by various means, such as army discharge documents, tax receipts or a diploma from a Greek university but the limitation means the right will be extended to about 300,000 people instead of millions.

And they will be able to vote only for at-large Members of Parliament, which is 15 out of 300 in the body, and shut out from picking their choice for Prime Minister and other offices, making them essentially irrelevant.

Prime Minister and New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, needing backing from rival parties to get at least 200 votes in the 300-member body – the Conservatives have 158 seats – agreed to measures cutting out a large part of the Diaspora from voting, but touted it as a victory.

Mitsotakis had described the bill as “truly historic because it responds to a long-standing demand and a present need, opening the way for a better tomorrow for all Greeks,” after making concessions.

RELATED

ATHENS - Greece’s Health Ministry announced a Period Poverty Program to provide free menstrual products for women and girls who can’t afford the monthly costs, including distributing 14 million of them in schools.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

Truck Driver Pulled to Safety After Crash Leaves Vehicle Dangling over Bridge Across Ohio River

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The driver of a semi-truck was pulled to safety Friday by firefighters following a crash that left the vehicle dangling over a bridge across the Ohio River.

Donald Trump has won Missouri's Republican caucuses, one of three events Saturday that will award delegates for the GOP presidential nomination.

ANAHEIM, CA  – The Minoan Dancers of Marin County, California, participated in the 47th Annual Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF), held February 15-18 in Anaheim, CA.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod, the annual sled dog race celebrating Alaska's official state sport, is set to get underway Saturday with a new focus on safety after five dogs died and eight were injured in collisions with snowmobiles while training on shared, multi-use trails.