Greek PM: Diaspora Representation in EU Elections

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis talks with the President of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce, Nikolaos Bakatselos (not pictured), during an event of the Chamber titled "Fostering a Sustainable Economic Future Amidst Global Challenges," at the Athens Concert Hall. Photo: AMNA/PRIME MINISTER'S PRESS OFFICE/DIMITRIS PAPAMITSOS

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced New Democracy party will field a candidate in Australia for the upcoming European elections. This move seeks to ensure broader representation for the Greek diaspora, particularly in countries with substantial communities.

Mitsotakis emphasized the importance of diaspora participation in a discussion with Hellenic American Chamber president Nikolaos Bakatselos. He highlighted the significance of the recently introduced postal voting system for both domestic and overseas voters.

Key points from the discussion:

  • Expanding voting access: Postal voting aims to increase participation among absentee voters, including the elderly, disabled, mobile-challenged individuals, and students taking national exams.
  • Diaspora representation: Mitsotakis stressed the need for diaspora representatives in the European Parliament, with a focus on mobilizing voters in countries like Australia, Canada, and the US.
  • Postal voting for national elections: While acknowledging constitutional hurdles, Mitsotakis expressed his intention to extend postal voting to Greeks abroad for future national elections after its successful implementation in the EU elections.

Reaction to opposition: Mitsotakis criticized the opposition parties for blocking the extension of postal voting to national elections, calling their arguments disingenuous.

Overall, Mitsotakis' message underscores his commitment to increasing diaspora engagement and participation in Greek political processes.

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