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Gov't on expatriates' voting rights

“We believe that the suggested solution is the best possible at the present time, and that everyone should contribute towards it being accepted,” government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros stated on Thursday vis-à-vis objections by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) to a draft law granting voting rights in Greek national elections to eligible expatriates.

Antonaros characterised the solution as transitional, pointing out that all necessary changes will be made along the way after the law is implemented, while he called on SAE to reconsider.

“Reaching a consensus does not necessarily mean that it is the government that always has to back down,” Antonaros said during his regular press briefing, while he underlined that the specific draft law is very important, as it allows Greek citizens living abroad to vote from their country of residence, thus avoiding trouble and expense of returning to Greece to cast one’s vote.

“I will not enter into an argument with an institutional body that expresses its opinions,” Antonaros added.

Source: ANA-MPA

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