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Who is electable?

Greek citizens aged 25on Election Day who have not been deprived of their right to vote can be elected. Citizens of other EU Member States also have the right to stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament in Greece provided:

  • they reside in Greece
  • they have passed the age of 25 years on the election day
  • they have not been deprived of the right to stand as a candidate in their home Member State and of the right to vote in Greece
Further information regarding the documents which should accompany the candidature of EU citizens is provided in the following subsection of this website: Elections | EU Elections | European Parliamentary Elections | Citizens of European Union


Impediments to election and incompatibilities

a) Impediments: An impediment to election exists for all person holding the positions cited in Article 56(1) and (4) of the Greek Constitution plus Deputies currently serving in the Hellenic Parliament. The provisions of Greek electoral law apply to the process of resigning from positions which constitute an impediment to election in the European Parliamentary Elections.

b) Incompatibilities: The position of MEP is incompatible with:
- The work or positions stipulated in Article 57 of the Greek Constitution.
- The position of Deputy currently serving in the Hellenic Parliament.
- The positions stipulated by the Council of the European Community’s Decision of 20 September 1976 and in particular the position of:

  • Member of the Greek Government.
  • Member of the Commission of the European Communities.
  • Judge, Rapporteur, or Clerk of the European Court of Justice.
  • Member of the European Central Bank's Executive Board.
  • Member of the European Community’s Court of Auditors.
  • The European Communities Ombudsman
  • Member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM). .
  • Member of committees or organizations established pursuant to or in implementation of the Treaties establishing the European Coal and Steel Community, the European Economic Community and EURATOM to manage Community funds or the ongoing, direct performance of management duties.
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Management Committee or employee of the European Investment Bank.
  • Active employee or member of staff of the European Communities’ institutions or organs or organizations associated with them or the European Central Bank.


The right to nominate candidates and prepare party lists

Only parties or coalitions of associated parties are entitled to submit candidate nominations (The nominations lodged by each party or coalition may include up to 22 candidates). The nominations should cite the name, surname, father’s name, position and precise address of the nominee and be accompanied by acceptance in writing and a solemn statement from the candidate. The nominations for each party list should be accompanied by a receipt from the Athens Payments Tax Office demonstrating payment of the sum of €2934.70. The list of nominated candidates should be served by court process server or recorded delivery on the Public Prosecutor of the Hellenic Supreme Court no later than 13 days after the commencement of the pre-election period.

The pre-election period commences at least 30 days before Election Day.


Appointment of candidates

Chamber I of the Hellenic Supreme Court is responsible for appointing candidates meeting the conditions laid down by law. This is done per party list on the 14th day before Election Day in accordance with the order set out in the list. Note that since the law does not provide preferential voting (preference crosses) for specific candidates in the party list, it is therefore up to parties and coalitions to determine the order of nomination and appointment of candidates on the basis of which they will be elected.


Electoral departments and polling stations

Each electoral department should facilitate up to 600 voters.