The Greek government is determined to proceed with the legislation that will grant voting right to Greeks living abroad. The government hopes to make it possible for Greeks abroad to vote at the next parliamentary elections expected to take place in October 2019 – if nothing unexpected like snap elections occurs, while it does not exclude they could vote also at the European and municipality elections in May 2019.
“It is our duty to exhaust every possibility to ensure that these people can participate in the political life and public affairs of our country and strengthen their ties with Greece,” Interior Minister Alexis Haritsis said during the first session of the committee assigned with the issue.
“The vote of the Greeks abroad is a very serious issue that concerns the state and the public debate over time. But it has gained even greater importance in the last years of the crisis, where tens of thousands of our fellow citizens, especially younger generations, were forced to emigrate abroad,” he added.
It is our duty to exhaust every margin to ensure that these people can participate in the political life and public affairs of our country and strengthen their ties with Greece.
The Government has set up a special committee of experts to examine the issue in depth and to propose the best possible solutions based on the Constitution.
The Committee must deliver its findings no later than five months, should the Greeks abroad be able to vote in the October elections.
“However, as the next year is an election year, our aim is that the committee reached its conclusions earlier, i.e. in January 2019, so that an dialogue with other political parties and legislation takes place within the current parliamentary term,” the Interior Minister said.
The deadline for any changes in the electoral roll is in February 2019.
Estimations speak of 1 million Greeks living abroad are eligible to vote. Some half a million Greeks are believed to have migrated abroad in the years of the economic crisis.