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Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met on Monday with Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who briefed him on a bill prepared by his ministry introducing absentee voting for Greeks abroad, slated for debate by the parliament plenary session.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Pavlopoulos noted that the relevant provision had been voted into the Constitution with the Constitutional revision of 2001 but, “unfortunately, there had been no initiative on the part of PASOK, as government, nor has there been consensus by PASOK as the main opposition party”.
He said that this was something that PASOK should seriously ponder because “if it does not vote in favor or the relevant bill, through its own negative initiative it will deprive those Greeks outside the country of the ability to vote from their place of residence”.
Pavlopoulos further said that the Prefectural Administration Code would be immediately tabled in parliament, for voting by the end of the current parliamentary (plenary) session (before the summer recess sessions begin), as State General Accounts Office has completed its drafting.
The minister also briefed Karamanlis on preparations being made, in conjunction with the local governments, for the fire-protection period, referring to the fire high-risk period throughout the summer months.