The Ministry of the Interior provides useful information about the May 21 parliamentary elections.
The Ministry of the Interior provides useful information about the May 21 parliamentary elections.
A. GENERAL INFORMATION
1. When and for which elections do we vote?
The next parliamentary elections will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2023.
Voting lasts from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
2. Is voting compulsory?
Exercising the right to vote in accordance with the electoral law is mandatory
3. Who are exempt from the obligation to exercise their right to vote?
Those who will be abroad on the day of the vote and those who have exceeded 70 years of age are legally exempt from the mandatory exercise of the right to vote.
Also, the voters who have been registered in the special electoral lists of non-residents, but it was not possible to establish a special electoral division for non-residents, due to the non-filling of the number of at least forty (40) non-resident voters in the same basic electoral district throughout the appeals district (article 96, par. 1 of Presidential Decree 26/2012).
4. Where can I vote?
Voters vote in polling stations determined in time by decisions of the competent regional authorities.
5. How will I know where I am voting?
Voters can find out where they are voting:
• Through the website of the Ministry of the Interior www.ypes.gr “Learn where you vote”
• By calling the Telephone Center of the Directorate of Electronic Government of the Ministry of Interior and the numbers 2131361500 and 2131313800 daily from 08:00 to 20:00. On Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, the call center will operate 24 hours a day.
Attention: For the convenience of voters, it is recommended to first use the online application at www.ypes.gr “Learn how to vote” and only in the event that they face difficulty to contact the citizens’ information service by phone, so that they can be informed about the electoral division who vote.
6. What should I do if I do not find my name in the electoral rolls?
If you do not find your name in the electoral rolls, contact the Municipality, in whose electoral rolls you are registered, until the end of the voting.
7. I found my name in a municipality other than the one in which I am a citizen. What am I doing;
The electoral rolls for the elections of 21 May 2023 include the changes until 28 February 2023 and are not amenable to changes. Your request for a post-election may have been submitted after 28 February 2023. For future elections, please contact your Municipality to update your details.
8. I discovered that I am dual registered. What am I doing;
You are registered in the municipal registers of two or more municipalities. For the May 21 parliamentary elections, you must vote in the municipality of your legal registration, which is verified after you contact the relevant municipalities. The court representative will ask you to sign an affidavit that you know you are dually registered and have not voted and will not vote elsewhere. These statements will be collated at the Home Office and cross-referenced. This process ensures the validity of the elections.
Let’s not forget that double voting is prohibited and severely punished.
9. I am a Greek citizen and in the elections of May 21, 2023 I will be abroad. Can I vote from there?
For Greek citizens who reside or will be abroad on the day of the vote, the possibility of exercising their right to vote has been provided, provided that they had submitted a relevant request on the platform of the Ministry of the Interior apodimoi.gov.gr by April 10, 2023 and have get approval.
10. Are there facilities for disabled voters?
Voters with disabilities are given absolute priority. In addition, provision is made for the creation of a reception and support area for voters with disabilities and reduced mobility for polling stations that are not located on the ground floor and do not meet the accessibility criteria for Persons with Disabilities (PWD). In the space inside the voting partition for the selection of the ballot, exclusive access, if necessary, apart from the voter, have: a) the judicial representative and b) any accompanying person of the voter, under the responsibility and presence of the judicial representative. The judicial representative assists in expressing the voter’s wishes with the discretion and confidentiality required to maintain the secrecy of the vote. In the voting booth and in the reception and support area for voters with disabilities and reduced mobility, assistance dogs (guides) for people with disabilities are allowed.
11. At what age is the right to vote acquired?
In Greece, everyone who reaches the age of 17 in the election year has the right to vote. So for the 2023 Elections, those born between 1/1/2006 and 31/12/2006 can vote.
12. Who are deprived of this right?
Those who are, in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Code, in complete deprivation of legal support. Those who were deprived of it due to an irrevocable criminal conviction, in any of the crimes defined by the criminal and military penal code, for as long as this deprivation lasts.
13. With what documents do I vote? What do I do if I have lost my police ID?
You can vote with your identity card, passport, driver’s license or individual health card of all insurance funds issued by the competent Greek authorities. “Cut” ID is acceptable. If your personal details have changed (e.g. change of surname due to divorce), you will need to provide the relevant supporting documents. Military and security forces use their official ID. Also, the identification of voters can be done using the digital identity card of article 80 of Law 4954/2022 (A’136), following the identification procedure provided for in the joint ministerial decision 4082/2022 (B’ 3982) and is accessible through the government portal https://wallet.gov.gr. If for any reason it is not possible to comply with the above procedure, or if its application causes delays in the voting process, at the discretion of the president of the electoral committee, the identification of voters is done based on the data of the previous paragraph.
14. What should I do if my details in the electoral rolls are different from those on my identity card?
It depends on the differences. If they are essential, you may be required to obtain an identity card from your municipality. It is best to stock up on this early to avoid last minute hassles.
15. I am a non-resident. Vote;
Non-resident voters exercise their right to vote at their place of residence, in special non-resident electoral divisions, as determined. Voters can find out in which polling station for non-residents they will exercise their right to vote, through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.ypes.gr “Learn where to vote”.
16. How many days of voting leave am I entitled to, based on the kilometer distance of the area where I vote?
Those who work 5 days are entitled to:
• Those who will move from 200-400 km, 1 working day
• Those who will move from 401 km or more, 2 working days, as long as they move entirely by road based on their responsible declaration
Those who work 6 days are entitled to:
• Those who will move from 100-200 km, 1 working day
• Those who will move from 201-400 km, 2 working days
• Those who will move from 401 km and more, 3 working days
For both of the above cases, those who move to islands for which there is no access, the number of days of leave will be examined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the distance and the special conditions of movement, without this leave exceeding 3 working days.
17. How we vote
Voters come to the polling station and present themselves to the electoral commission, which recognizes their identity and verifies their registration in the electoral roll. Voters enter the polling station one-by-one or in small groups, in the order of their attendance and as specifically determined by each electoral committee.
The identification of voters for the exercise of their right to vote is based on their police identity card, either in physical or digital form or the relevant temporary certificate from the competent authority or their passport or driver’s license or the individual health record of all insurance funds.
To each voter, the electoral commission gives a specially marked envelope initialed by the representative of the judicial authority and sealed with the stamp of the commission, as well as a complete series of paper ballots of all combinations and candidates.
Voters, who due to physical weakness cannot do the above, have the right for this purpose to turn to the representative of the judicial authority or a member of the electoral committee, who are obliged to help them.
The voter is forbidden to cast his ballot in the ballot box: a) if it is not inside the envelope with the special feature (diagonal line) or if the envelope is not closed or if the envelope does not bear the seal and initials of the legal representative and b) if the voter did not first retire to the separate area (screen).
The voter who voted is granted, upon request, a relevant certificate signed by the President of the electoral committee and sealed with her seal.
18. Can I put a √ (tick) instead of a cross (+)?
We vote exclusively with a cross (+) on the left or right side of the ballot. If we put a cross, both left and right, the ballot is considered invalid.
19. Can I vote electronically via the internet?
It is necessary to appear in person at your polling station.
B. SPECIAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE EXERCISE OF THE RIGHT TO VOTER
1. How many constituencies does Greece have?
Greece has 59 constituencies.
2. How many crosses can I put?
It depends on the number of seats in the constituency. The voter can express his preference for the candidates of the combination by marking a preference cross next to their name on the ballot paper, as follows:
a) In electoral districts, where one to three deputies are elected, a cross.
b) In the constituencies, where four to seven deputies are elected, up to two crosses.
c) In the constituencies, where eight to twelve deputies are elected, up to three crosses, and
d) in electoral districts, where more than thirteen deputies are elected, up to four crosses.
3. What is the minimum threshold for political parties to enter Parliament?
Political parties must gather at least 3% of the vote to be able to elect a member of parliament.
4. How will I find out who are candidates?
Areios Pagos, as the competent Court, announced the candidates by combination on May 2, 2023. More information www.areiospagos.gr.
5. Where will I see the election results?
The results of the elections are announced live on the website of the Ministry of the Interior (https://ekloges.ypes.gr), for each department after they are sent to the Ministry by the Judicial Representative on Sunday, May 21, 2023.
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