JUNE 4-7: EUROPEANS VOTE
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) In Greece, the European Parliament elections will take place on June 7. In the member-states of the EU, where Greek citizens reside permanently or happen to be during the election period, the election will take place on June 6. The Greek diplomatic authorities in those member-states must provide information regarding the precise election day, Greek citizens’ voting rights, as well as the electoral procedure to be followed. For the EU Election, the Greek Territory constitutes a united electoral region (22 seats). In the other member-states, the elections will take place from June 4 to 7. The elections will be carried out with general, direct, secret voting, as stipulated.
By voting in the European elections, the citizens choose who influences the future and the daily life of close to 500 million fellow Europeans. The citizens’ participation in the decision-making process, at both local and European level, is set as a permanent and constant priority by the European Union. Fully adopting the principles of equality and not discrimination, the Greek Ministry of Interior invites all EU citizens residing in Greece to exercise their right of vote. European Parliament: Why Vote
The members of the European Parliament are elected under a pure proportional electoral system.Voting results from all over the country are processed and published by the Supreme Election Committee of the Ministry of Interior. This Committee sets the final electoral vote chart and distributes the seats of the European Parliament to all the political groups, after incorporating the vote of Greek citizens residing in other EU member states into the general voting results achieved in the Greek State.
According to the Ministry of Interior, 9,866,913 Greek citizens reside in Greece and have the right to vote on the June 7, while 110,562 young people will vote for the first time. The Greek citizens who reside in other EU member states and have the right to vote on the June 6 total 36,758, according to the number of petitions filed at the Greek Consulates. The number of European citizens who reside in Greece and will vote in June amounts to 6,530. For further information click here.
The election campaign begins at least 30 days before the election date. Political parties represented in the Greek Parliament or in the European Parliament and parties which obtained more than 1.5% of the national vote in the last parliamentary elections receive funding. Media access: All parties represented in the Greek Parliament or the European Parliament have proportional access to state-owned media. During the election campaign, opinion polls will be conducted and published until June 5. After that date, no transmission of political advertising messages and broadcasted pre-election dialogue is allowed.
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Previous European Parliament elections took place on June 13, 2004. For more information about 2004 Euro-elections’ results, visit the website of Interior Ministry or the website of the European Parliament or the website of the Press and Communication Office in Paris http://www.amb-grece.fr/grece/europeennes.htm .
1. New Democracy 2. Panhellinic Socialist Movement 3. Greek Communist party 4. Coalition of the Radical left 5. Popular Orthodox Rally 6. Party of the Liberals 7. Fighting Socialist Party of Greece 8. Dimosthenis Vergis- Greek Ecologists 9. Working revolutionary party 10. Liberal alliance 11. Union of Centrists 12. Popular Nationalist Movement-Chrysi Avgi 13. Panhellenic Macedonian Front 14. Society 15. Popular Unions of Bipartisan Social Groups 16. M-L Greek Communist Party 17. European Alliance – Rainbow 18. Party of Greek Hunters 19. Left anticapitalist cooperation 20. Patriotic Humanitarian Movement 21. Youth Party 22. Green Ecologists 23. Action 24. OAKKE – Organisation for the Reconstruction of Communist Party of Greece 25. Greek Ecologists 26. Greek Unit 27. Greek Movement of Direct Democracy
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