Vlasis: Bill Makes It Easier for Greeks Abroad to Be Able to Vote

ATHENS — The discussion of a bill aiming to remove restrictions that prevent voting by Greeks abroad starts on Thursday in the competent committee of Parliament, Deputy Foreign Minister Costas Vlasis said in an interview with public broadcaster ERT on Thursday.

"With the proposed regulation, we do not provide the right to vote and we do not expand the electoral base. We facilitate those Greeks who, when they come to our country, can vote in the elections anyway," he stressed.

"We consider it self-evident [that we should] make it easier for Greeks abroad to be able to vote in their country of residence," Vlasis said, adding: "Let's finally look these people in the eye. We cannot treat them as second-class citizens."


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