Voting method - Greece

Voting method

The Constitution guarantees the right to vote in parliamentary elections for persons living outside the country but there are no laws implementing this provision.


Constitution 1975 (as amended in 2008)

ARTICLE 51(4): Parliamentary elections shall be held simultaneously throughout the Country. Matters pertaining to the exercise of the right to vote by persons living outside the Country may be specified by statute, adopted by a majority of two thirds of the total number of Members of Parliament. Concerning such persons, the principle of simultaneously holding elections does not impede the exercise of their right to vote by postal vote or by other appropriate means, provided that the counting of votes and the announcement of the results is carried out when this is also carried out across the Country.

Law on the Election of Members of Parliament (as of 2007)

Article 6 (Article 6 PD 351/2003)

1. In any constituency, only those on the electoral lists of municipalities in the constituency have a right to vote.

2. Voting is compulsory.

Article 117 (Article 117 of PD 351/2003)

1. Anyone not unreasonably does not exercises its right to vote shall be punished with imprisonment from one month to one year. The court may impose the deprivation hardships of offices and positions provided for in Article 63 of the Criminal Code, one to three years.

2. The previous paragraph does not apply to general elections and elections of members of European Parliament only for the elector who has passed the seventy years of age, and for elector who is abroad.

European Parliamentary Elections: Information for Greeks Resident abroad

“Greek citizens who have their residence in the other 26 countries of the European Union and Greeks who happen to be in another Member State of the European Union on Election Day are entitled to participate in the election process in Greece in parallel with Greek voters throughout the Greek State. These results will be incorporated into the general voting results achieved in the Greek State overall. […] Buildings belonging to Greek Embassies or Consulates, buildings of other Greek authorities or services, independent offices of Greek Christian Orthodox Churches and buildings or other premises belonging to Greek communities, associations or other Greek organizations may be used as polling stations (to be decided on by the Minister of Interior), which will form electoral departments. Én case these buildings are inadequate to meet election needs, buildings belonging to the EU Member State may be used. The number of electoral departments (to be decided on by the Minister of Interior), which will be established for each Embassy or Consulate depends on the number of voters stating their intention to vote in that area based on the statements submitted. ”