The main opposition part New Democracy (ND) has submitted a proposal to parliament calling for a change in the law to allow Greeks living abroad to be able to vote in elections. ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis questioned why the original proposal put forward last year has yet to be debated. Mitsotakis accused prime minister Alexis Tsipras of hypocrisy following the latters recent visit to the US where he praised Greeks living abroad but has so far done nothing to get the proposal pushed through.
“Today, more than ever, we must grant this right, not just to ethnic Greeks who left the country decades ago but also to young people who, in their hundreds of thousands, left the country during the years of the crisis,” Mitsotakis said. “This self-evident right should finally be consolidated in legislation. There is no excuse for not bringing the legislative proposal up for discussion in Parliament,” he continued.
Should the proposal ever become law it would follow countries such as the UK, which allows British expats living overseas to vote for up to 15 years after they have left the UK.