Political parties reached consensus on Tuesday on a draft new law that will allow Greek expatriates to vote from their country of residence.
The inter-party committee agreed that Greeks abroad can vote through the nation’s embassies and consulates throughout the world. However, the government proposal for the establishment of the postal vote was rejected.
The draft law will guarantee that the vote of Greeks abroad will carry the same weight as that of voters in Greece. Their vote will be counted against the overall result.
Expatriates will be choosing candidates among 15 so-called State Deputies. These Deputies, who tend to be personalities outside politics, and whose exact number depends on the total electoral strength of each party are elected not in a specified constituency but throughout the country at large. Parties may include in their ballots personalities from abroad.
Greeks living abroad who would be eligible to vote must have resided in Greece for at least two years in the last 35.
“This is a bill that needs and deserves to be voted unanimously by the Parliament,” Interior Minister Panagiotis Theodorikakos said.