Municipal (dimotikes) and regional (periphereiakes) elections (ekloges) are taking place on Sunday, 7 November from 7am to 7pm (with a second round on Sunday, 14 November, if the winning party does not secure more than 50% of the vote). Expatriates and foreign nationals, i.e. non-Greek EU nationals, as well as those who come from other countries who have registered to vote, will be able to participate in this year’s municipal elections, but not in the regional ones, which are only open to Greek nationals.
If you haven’t voted in Greece before, this is what you need to know about the voting process:
On voting day take your passport to your local polling station where your name will be checked off the electoral roll and you will be handed an envelope and a stack of ballot papers (psifodeltia). You will also be handed a blank white ballot (lefko psifodeltio) used to constitute a ‘protest vote’ when voters want to demonstrate their unhappiness with the choice of candidates or their denunciation of the political system. Each voting paper (except the blank one) includes the name of the candidate running for mayor, as well as the names of the municipal councillors and local community councillors who are running under the mayor’s ticket. You need to put an X next to the name of your chosen municipal councillor(s) and local community councillor(s), not next to the name of the mayoral candidate (although doing this will not invalidate your ballot). Under the Greek electoral system mayors are elected when their councillors receive the greatest number of votes. Putting an X next to the name of a mayoral candidate will only be necessary in case there is a second round of elections. You can only choose from among councillors belonging to the same party. Once you have selected your preferred candidate(s), place your chosen ballot paper into the envelope provided, discard the other ballot papers (including the blank white one) and then place the envelope into the ballot box. Depending on where you live, you are entitled to make the following number of Xs next to your chosen candidate(s):
MUNICIPALITY OF PAROS
(population: 12,853/elects 27 municipal councillors)
Up to 3 crosses for municipal councillors, 2 crosses for local councillors in Naoussa and Paroikia, 1 cross for a local councillor in the other villages.
MUNICIPALITY OF ANTIPAROS (population: 1,037/elects 13 municipal councillors)
Up to 3 crosses for municipal councillors, 1 cross for the local councillor
MUNICIPALITY OF NAXOS & MINOR CYCLADES
(population: 19,079/elects 27 municipal councillors)
Department of Donousa (population: 163/elects 1 municipal councillor): 1 cross for the municipal councillor representing the island, 1 cross for a municipal councillor from another department, 1 cross for a local councillor
Department of Drymalia (population: 6,099/elects 9 municipal councillors): up to 3 crosses for the municipal councillors representing the department, 1 cross for a municipal councillor from another department, 1 or 2 crosses for local councillors*
Department of Iraklia (population: 151/elects 1 municipal councillor): 1 cross for the municipal councillor representing the island, 1 cross for a municipal councillor from another department, 1 cross for a local councillor
Department of Koufonisia (population: 366/elects 1 municipal councillor): 1 cross for the municipal councillor representing the island, 1 cross for a municipal councillor from another department, 1 cross for a local councillor
Department of Naxos (population: 12,089/elects 14 municipal councillors): up to 3 crosses for the municipal councillors representing the department, 1 cross for a municipal councillor from another department, 1 or 2 crosses for local councillors*
Department of Schoinousa (population: 206/elects 1 municipal councillor): 1 cross for the municipal councillor representing the island, 1 cross for a municipal councillor from another department, 1 cross for a local councillor
* For local communities over 1,000 inhabitants voters are allowed 2 votes (crosses) for the local council, whereas for local communities under 1,000 inhabitants voters are allowed 1 vote for the local council. Voters can only vote for the local council of their village/town.
MUNICIPALITY OF AMORGOS
(population: 1,859/elects 13 municipal councillors)
Up to 3 crosses for municipal councillors, 1 cross for the local councillor.
CANDIDATES See the September and October 2010 issues of Paros Life & Naxos Life for the first two sets of interviews with the mayoral candidates in our region. In this issue we have interviews with the remaining candidates, except for: Dimitris Margaritis (Naxos), Panayiotis Kovaios (Amorgos) and Nikitas Roussos (Amorgos) who unfortunately did not manage to respond in time.
Since last month, two new candidates announced that they would be running – Panagiotis Sfalagakos (Antiparos) and Τhekla Kizi-Xatziandreou (Naxos) – and three candidates announced that they were withdrawing – Ilias Kountromichalis (Paros), Thanasis Grillakis (Naxos) and Antonis Vekris (Amorgos). Here is the full list of the mayoral candidates and as much contact information as we have been able to obtain on each of them. The complete list of candidates (psifodeltio) for each municipal party is available on each party’s website, blog or Facebook page, or it can be requested by email. If anyone experiences difficulty in obtaining the lists, let us know at email@example.com and we will attempt to obtain one on your behalf.
PAROS (4 candidates)
Ilias Kountromichalis has withdrawn as a mayoral candidate.
Ενιαία Κίνηση Πολιτών-Ενότητα για το Μέλλον
(United Front of Citizens - United for the Future)
Campaign office in Aligaria Square, Paroikia
email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 22840-22542 http://eniaia-enotita.blogspot.com
NAXOS & MINOR CYCLADES
Thanasis Grillakis has withdrawn as a mayoral candidate.
Nikos Marakis Συμπαράταξη Νάξου και Μικρών Κυκλάδων (Common Front of Naxos & Minor Cyclades) email: email@example.com http://nikosmarakis.blogspot.com Evdokia Psarra Λαϊκή Συσπείρωση Νάξου & Μικρών Κυκλάδων (Popular Movement of Naxos & Minor Cyclades) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manolis Margaritis Στροφή στο Μέλλον-Δημοτική Δράση (Turn to the Future-Municipal Action) Campaign office on paralia near Emboriki Bank tel: 22850-27582 email: email@example.com http://www.strofistomellon.gr Τhekla Kizi-Hatziandreou Πολίτες για τα Nησιά Mας (Citizens for our Islands) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Antonis Vekris has withdrawn as a mayoral candidate.
Nikos Fostieris Ένωση για την Πρόοδο της Αμοργού (Union for the Progress of Amorgos) email: email@example.com
Panayiotis Kovaios Νέα Δύναμη (New Strength) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikitas Roussos Aμοργός-Κοινωνία Ανθρώπων (Amorgos-Community of People) email: email@example.com
Voting for the municipal/regional elections will take place in the following polling stations:
Municipality of Antiparos:
Antiparos: Primary School of Antiparos
Municipality of Paros:
Paroikia: 1st Primary School
Angairia: Primary School of Angairia
Archilochos: Gymnasium of Archilochos
Kostos: Primary School of Kostos
Lefkes: Primary School of Lefkes
Marpissa: ‘Kostas Patelis’ Nursery
Naoussa: Primary School of Naoussa
Municipality of Naxos & Minor Cyclades:
Donousa: Gymnasium-Tech. High School of Donousa
Iraklia: Ayios Georgios Gymnasium
Koufonisia: Primary School of Koufonisia
Schoinousa: Primary School of Schoinousa
Apeiranthos: Primary school of Apeiranthos
Damarionas: Primary school of Damarionas
Danakos: Primary school of Danakos
Keramoti: Local office of Keramoti
Koronida: Local office of Koronida
Koronos: Local office of Koronos
Mesi: Primary School of Mesi
Moni: Primary School of Moni
Skados: Primary School of Skados
Filoti: Primary School of Filoti
Chalki: Primary school of Chalki
Naxos (for EU citizens and third country nationals): 2nd Primary School of Naxos
Aghios Arsenios: Primary School of Aghios Arsenios
Biblos: Primary School of Biblos
Galanados: Primary School of Galanados
Gallini: Primary School of Gallini
Glinado: Primary School of Glinado
Engares: Primary School of Eggares
Kinidaros: Primary School of Kinidaros
Melanes: Primary School of Melanes
Potamia: Primary School of Potamia
Sangri: Primary School of Sangri
Municipality of Amorgos:
Chora: Technical High School of Amorgos
Aigiali: Lagkada Primary School
Arkesini: Arkesini Primary School
Vroutsi: Old Primary School of Vroutsi (cinematography club)
Tholaria: Primary School of Tholaria
Katapola: Primary School of Katapola
DO NOT include the blank white (lefko) ballot paper in the envelope unless you are deliberately voting “lefko”. In the last elections, quite a few foreign voters did not know this and enclosed this paper in the envelope together with their chosen party, thereby invalidating their vote!