On Sunday, 7th June 2009 elections will be held in Greece to elect Members of the European Parliament. Voting will commence at 07:00 hours and will end at 19:00 hours. Voting is mandatory.
Elections will take place using direct, universal, secret ballot in line with the provisions of the election legislation currently in effect.
For the purpose of electing Members of the European Parliament, the Greek State consists of one single constituency (returning 22 MEPs).
Persons entitled to vote
Those persons entitled to elect Greek MEPs are Greek
citizens who are
- aged 18 years old
- are registered in an electoral list maintained by a Municipality or Community in Greece and who have not been deprived of their right to vote
Persons not entitled to vote
- Persons who pursuant to the provisions of the Hellenic Civil Code have been fully deprived of their right to exercise their civil rights on their own.
- All those persons so deprived by virtue of an irrevocable criminal sentence, for one of the crimes cited in the Penal and Military Penal Code for such time as that deprivation persists.
How to vote
Voters should go to the polling station and present themselves to the returning board which will examine their identification and verify whether they are registered in the electoral rolls. Voters will enter the polling station one by one or in groups of small numbers in the order they arrive or in the manner laid down by each returning board. Voters should identify themselves by presenting their police ID cards to the returning board. Voters who do have not ID cards, can present their passports instead. The returning board will provide each voter with a specially marked envelope initialled by the court representative and stamped by the board as well as a full set of ballot papers for all party lists.
Voters who are physically incapable of performing the above tasks are entitled to turn to the court representative or to a member of the returning board for assistance. These persons are obliged to provide such assistance to voters. Voters are prohibited from placing ballot papers in the ballot box: a) if not placed within the specially marked envelope or if the envelope is unsealed and b) if the voter has not first pulled the curtain around the polling booth.
Where so requested, voters will be provided with a voting certificate signed and stamped by the chairman of the returning board and bearing its stamp that he/she voted.