ELECTIONS-FULL GUIDE: What people are voting for?, preference crosses, answers to questions

Everything you need to know about the four-way election (European, regional, municipal and local) can be found on the new website of the Ministry of the Interior,  Psifizo2019.gr.

As stated on the website: In the elections of May 2019 we will vote the same day four times in 39,063 polling stations across the Territory! We vote in four different polls for:

European elections

Regional Elections

Municipal elections

Local Committees of Local Communities

Steps have been taken to move the process quickly and easily.

More specifically:

Voters vote in two adjacent sections (eg, 123A, 123B)

This avoids overcrowding in a large polling station

Citizens are served by 2 court representatives

Judicial representatives count only 2 polls

GENERAL QUESTIONS

When do we vote?

The first round in Greece is Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 07:00 to 19:00 in the afternoon. Especially for the European elections, in the other member states of the European Union, on the territory of which the Greek voters who are permanently staying or who are in them on the day of the elections will vote, the first round is on 25 May 2019, on Saturday.

Where can I vote?

Electors in Greece vote in a particular polling station based on their residence address. To find out where you vote you can visit this site whether you are a Greek or a European citizen.

What should I do if I do not find my name on the electoral roll?

If you do not find your name, please contact the municipality that is registered in the municipalities until the end of the poll.

I found my name in another municipality than that to which I am a citizen. What am I doing;

Electoral lists have been drawn up on the basis of the data in the municipalities and the municipalities have distributed the voters in electoral districts using the address details registered in the municipalities. 
The electoral lists for the May 2019 elections include the changes up to 28 February 2019 and are not subject to change. For future elections, ask your municipality to update your details or correct any errors.

I discovered that I am a double-registered. What am I doing;

You are registered in the municipalities of two or more municipalities. For the 2019 elections, you must vote in the municipality of your legal registration, which is verified by contacting the relevant municipalities. The legal representative will invite you to sign a responsible statement that you know you are a double-registered person and have not voted elsewhere.

These statements will be gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. and will cross. With this process, the prestige of elections is guaranteed. Let us not forget that double voting is banned and strictly punished.

I am a Greek citizen and in the elections of May 2019 I will be abroad. Can I vote from there?

Those of the Greek citizens living abroad or abroad and wishing to vote in the Municipal and Regional Elections may exercise their electoral right only in Greece.

For the European elections, however, they may vote in the district of their respective Greek consular authorities in a Member State of the European Union if they have applied for them by 5 April 2019. Especially for Greeks residing in the United Kingdom, the corresponding date is 10 April 2019.

What is the voting age?

In Greece, everyone who completes their 17th birthday in the election year has the right to vote. So for the 2019 elections, those who were born by 31/12/2002 can vote.

This year, 527,000 new voters are voted for, including 106,760 citizens aged 17 and over.

What documents do I vote for? What am I doing if I lost my identity card?

You can use your passport or driving license or individual health booklet of all insurance funds issued by the competent Greek authorities. The “cut” identity is acceptable. In the case of a new police ID, you can vote normally if they have not changed your personal details.

If your personal information has changed, you must provide the relevant supporting documents. Military and security forces use their service identity. Citizens of the European Union must provide a valid identity card or passport.

What should I do if my electoral lists are different from my identity?

It depends on the differences. If essential, a certificate of identity may be required from the municipality. It is advisable to supply with it in time to avoid last minute inconveniences.

I am heterozygous. Vote;

The heterogeneous voters in the municipal and regional elections (first and second Sunday) exercise their electoral right exclusively in the district of the municipality that are citizens and for the European elections exclusively at their place of residence in the special lists of which they are registered.

It is noted that they vote with the other voters and no special sections of hedondies are recommended. This year, 112,504 people will vote in the entire Territory.

How many days do I qualify for, based on the kilometer distance of the area I vote for?

Those who work for 5 days are entitled to:

From 200-400 km, 1 business day

 

From 401 and above, 2 business days if they are driven wholly by road on the basis of their affidavit

Those who work for 6 days are entitled to:

From 100-200 km, 1 business day

From 201-400 km, 2 business days

From 401 and over, 3 business days

For both the above cases, those who move to islands, for which there is no access, the number of days, will be considered case by case, depending on the distance and the special travel conditions, without that permission to exceed 3 working days.

For more information on area distances, please contact the Technical Services Department at the local Prefectures.

Who are excluded from exercising their right to vote?

The mandatory exercise of voting rights excludes foreign residents, those who have reached the age of 70 and those who reside on the voting day more than 200 kilometers from the polling station in which they vote.

EURO ELECTION

How many constituencies does Greece have for the European elections and how many MEPs are elected by Greece?

For the election of members of the European Parliament, the Greek Territory is a single constituency. Political parties therefore propose single ballots across the territory.

Greece has a total of 21 representatives in the European Parliament (ie 21 seats).

Do I cross the European elections and if so how many?

The voter can express his / her preference for a maximum of four (4) candidates of the combination he / she will choose.

Who have the right to vote in the 2019 European elections in Greece?

a. The right to vote for the election of Greek members in the European Parliament has the Greek citizens who:

* They complete their 17th birthday in the year of election (until 31 December 2019). In these elections to the European Parliament, those born before 31.12.2002 will vote

* are enrolled in a county electoral register of the country and have not been denied the right to vote.

b. The citizens of the European Union also have the right to vote, who:

* reside in Greece and fill the age of 17 in the year of election (until 31 December 2019). In the 2019 elections to the European Parliament, those born before 31.12.2002 will vote.

* have not been denied the right to vote in Greece and their home Member State.

* have been enrolled in the special electoral lists of a municipality of the Greek state until 28 February 2019.

What is the registration deadline for voters?

You do not have to register in advance as this is automatically done by the authorities. However, if you have recently changed your home address, it is a good idea to check your registration in the voter lists.

What documents do I have to bring to the polling station?

Just get your ID or passport for the necessary check. Other public documents may be accepted under certain conditions. More information  here .

Can I vote by post or by delegation?

No, in Greece these two ways of voting are not possible.

Can I vote electronically over the internet?

No, online voting is not possible in Greece. It is necessary to get in person in your constituency.

What is the lower limit for the entry of political parties in the European Parliament?

Political parties must collect at least 3% of the votes to be able to elect a MEP.

How will the Members of the European Parliament be elected in Greece?

Under EU law, all countries must use electoral systems to ensure proportional representation, meaning that the number of elected members from each party depends on the percentage of votes received by the party.

In Greece, a vote with a cross of preference is applied, which gives voters the opportunity to premium certain candidates. There may be up to four (4) crosses in the ballot papers or combinations. Candidates who receive the most crosses of preference are elected, provided of course their party has secured seats.

Who are the candidates? Which political parties and candidates can I vote for?

Arios Pagos, the Supreme Civil and Criminal Court of Greece, will announce the candidates in combinations two weeks before the elections. More information www.areiospagos.gr

Are there facilities for people with disabilities?

Voters with disabilities / disabilities vote as an absolute priority. The electoral committees are called upon to facilitate them with  specific measures .

Where can I see the results of the European elections?

The results of the elections will be announced live as soon as they formalize on Sunday 26 May 2019.

What are the next steps immediately after the European elections?

In the days immediately following the announcement of the results, new members of the new Parliament are working to form political groups.

The political composition of the new Parliament may make it necessary to create new alliances and to create new groups.

In the first plenary session, the new Parliament will elect the new President of the European Parliament. The new Parliament will then elect the new President of the European Commission and later will examine and approve the whole Commission.

AUTHORIZATIONS

When do I vote?

The first round will take place alongside the European elections on Sunday, May 26, 2019. The second round on Sunday, June 2, 2019, for those municipalities and regions that were not a candidate who accrued 50% plus one vote.

What is Kleisthenes and how does it affect the self-governing elections?

Cleisthenes is a law (n.4555 / 2018) which brings about changes in self-governing elections, such as the introduction of simple analogy for the election of municipal and regional councils and the reduction of the term of electors from five to four years. More specifically, the basic changes of Kleisthenes I include:

Simple analogue

Among the provisions is the introduction of a simple analogue electoral system for municipal and regional elections.

Municipal authorities and community councils

The separation of the administrative bodies of the communities from the combinations involved in the process of proclamation of the municipal authorities is disconnected and the election of the community organs into a separate ballot box is envisaged.

About Communities with a population of more than 300 inhabitants

There is no candidacy for the post of “chairman of the community council of over 300 inhabitants”, as all candidates in these communities are candidate consultants.

The chairman of the community council of more than 300 residents is elected indirectly by its advisers.

It also provides for the election of presidents of communities with a permanent population of up to 300 inhabitants, with a separate ballot and a single ballot for all individual candidates, while taking into account for the first time the ‘permanent population’ of the country for the application of the provisions governing the organization and operation of local government, replacing the “real population”, which has been in place so far.

The term of office of electors

It returns to four years – five years from the “Kallikratis” Bill. It is noted that the provisions stipulate that new local authorities will take office on 1 January of the following year and their term will end on 31 December of the fourth year.

Local referenda

Defining referendums, at regional or municipal level, for local issues.

 
Do I vote in the same polling station for the four votes?

No. The polling stations in this case will be split into A and B so that there will not be long delays due to the four-ballot vote. In the polling stations with the “A” vote, we will vote for the European Parliament and Regional elections and the polling stations with “B” for Municipal and Community elections. Excluding sections with very few registered voters in which there will be the four polling stations of the elections as well as the sections of the municipalities in which there are no boards or presidents of the community in which there will be 3 polls.

The polling stations “A” and “B” will be housed in the same electoral shop and in contiguous halls to facilitate voters.

You can see where you vote HERE 

Do I cross the Local Elections and if so how many?

Yes, crosses come in.

For the election of municipal councils: A cross in electoral districts with 1 to 3 seats. Three crosses in single municipalities that do not come from a merger (eg Nea Smyrna). Three crosses plus one for one of the other constituencies that constitute municipalities by a merger.

For community councils, two crosses, if the community has more than 300 inhabitants or a cross for a community of less than 300 inhabitants.

For regions, a cross if elected to three councilors, up to 2 crosses if they are elected 4-7, up to 3 crosses if elected 8-12, to 4 crosses for more than 12 seats.

 
Where will I know what is specific about crosses in the region, municipality and community council for which I am voting?

You can see in detail what is true for each area  HERE

You can also get relevant information in the previous days of the elections by your municipality, but you will also be given information in the polling stations before voting by the electoral committees.

Who have the right to vote in the 2019 Local Elections in Greece?

The right to vote for local elections is Greek citizens who:

* they complete their 17th birthday in the year of election (until December 31, 2019), ie those who were born until 31.12.2002

* are enrolled in a county electoral register of the country and have not been denied the right to vote.

What is the registration deadline for voters?

You do not have to register in advance as this is automatically done by the authorities. However, if you have recently changed your home address, it is a good idea to  check your registration in the voter lists. . For citizens of other Member States of the European Union, the deadline to enter the special electoral rolls expires on 28 February 2019.

Should I sign up to vote?

You do not have to register in advance as this is automatically done by the authorities.

What documents do I have to bring to the polling station?

Just get your ID or passport for the necessary check. Other public documents may be accepted under certain conditions. More information  here .

Can I vote by post or by delegation?

No

Can I vote electronically over the internet?

No, online voting is not possible in Greece. It is essential that you attend your constituency in person.

Are there facilities for people with disabilities?

Voters with disabilities / disabilities vote as an absolute priority. The electoral committees are called upon to facilitate them with  concrete measures .

Where can I see the results of the local elections?

The results of the elections will be announced live on a website of the Ministry of the Interior (ekloges.ypes.gr), for each department after their mission, to the Ministry of the Interior, by the Judicial Representative on Sunday 26 May 2019 and Sunday 2 June.

How many constituencies do we have for Regional elections and what?

There are 13 Regions and 74 Regional Units in the country. You can find information on the elections per Region and Peripheral Unit  HERE .

How many councilors are elected per Region?

You can find all the HERE information 

In which case is the second round of elections in my area?

The second round of municipal elections is conducted only for the Region or the Municipality, in which none of the combinations participating in the elections succeeded in gathering the absolute majority of the total number of valid ballots.

For the Region or the Municipality conducting the 2nd round of elections there is no crossing for the candidates of the combinations and only the first two, in votes, combinations are involved.

source – aftodioikisi.gr

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