Greek expatriates will likely be able to vote in the next elections without restrictions after a revised law was passed in parliament on Tuesday.
More specifically, 208 of Greece’s 300 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill which abolishes all requirements, including a period of residence in Greece and the obligation to file of taxes in the current or previous year ahead of elections.
This means that all Greeks registered on the country’s electoral rolls but living abroad permanently or who are abroad on election day can exercise their right to vote restriction-free.
“This day is of great importance with the formation, at the beginning of this parliamentary term, of a historic consensus,” said Interior Minister Niki Kerameos.
Speaking in parliament, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said it was the first bill that removes all restrictions on the right to vote for Greeks living abroad.
“Our goal is to solve a problem that has been pending for half a century. To fulfill a debt towards expatriates. It is an act of responsibility; it reflects the aspirations and interests of the nation at home and abroad,” he said.
“Diaspora Greeks constitute a top national capital for our country,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Giorgos Kotsiras, underlining the importance of the Greek Diaspora and the need to strengthen bonds.