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Greece considers changes in Electoral Law: bonus seats, number of MPs, expatriates

Greek government is considering to change the electoral law and the Interior Ministry is reportedly drafting the changes with the possibility to open the dialogue on the issue already this month.

One of the main changes refer to the slightly decrease the number of Lawmakers in the Parliament of 300 down to 270, a change that will also affect the bonus of 50 seats to the party that wins the elections. The distribution will be proportional and the bonus would be 30 seats and this only if the first party wins at least 40% in the elections. The bonus will be given also to party-coalitions if they reach or exceed 40%.

The voting age is be decreased as well from 18 currently to 17.

The government is considering to enable expatriates to vote thus adopting the Italian model [I have no idea what it is…]

With regards to the “preference cross”, the Interior Ministry considers the option of both “preference cross” and the “list” especially for the leader of the ballot in each  constituency. What may change the balances is to limit large constituencies so that no more than 10 parliament seats are elected in the Parliament.

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