Some Greek citizens abroad will for the first time be able to vote in the country’s upcoming general elections under new guidelines.
This was made known to Neos Kosmos by the President of the East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance (EMBCA), Louis Katsos, from his office in New York.
Until December 2019, Greek citizens permanently living abroad who were on the country’s electoral roll could only vote in a national election if they went back to Greece for the election.
In response to the new legislation, the EMBCA will host a panel discussion: ‘Hellenic Republic Voting and the Diaspora ‘to openly discuss and engage all stakeholders.
Speaking on the development, Katsos said: “In a historic, albeit restricted way, Hellenic citizens living outside Greece will for the first time be able to vote under new guidelines.”
Given the Hellenic election is coming up, we thought it was a good time to discuss those guidelines, as well as the issues around it for the diaspora. We hope to achieve a discussion around the topic with members of the diaspora (each having their own opinion), not a one-way conversation coming from Hellas.”
He also hoped that the panel discussion “contributes to an ongoing conversation between Hellas and its diaspora relating to Hellenic citizenship and the expansion of voting rights.”
The ‘Hellenic Republic Voting and the Diaspora’ forum will be held on Sunday, January 15, at 2 pm U.S.A. EST and 9 pm Athens EEST (Monday 6am, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Source: Neos Kosmos
Edited by: Theresa R. Fianko
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