It hardly seems possible that four years have already passed since the last local elections. As you know, foreign EU citizens resident on Paros have the right to vote in the municipal elections. In addition to the island's permanent population of 13,000, we know of a minimum of 250 EU citizens resident on Paros - although this is an unofficial number and there are almost certainly many more than this. That represents a significant proportion of votes, and yet most of you who are eligible to register have not yet done so. According to the electoral roll, as at the (extended) deadline of June 30th, 2002, only 20 EU citizens had registered.
Is it perhaps because you don't feel you have enough information about local politics? Are you not interested in political issues such as the airport, the water system, tourism and environmental concerns, to name just a few?
What do you think the elected Mayor can do over the next four years to persuade you to exercise your right to have a say in the way things are run on Paros? What kind of dialogue would you like to open with him and what issues concern you in particular? Write and tell us (anonymously if you wish) why you didn't yet register and what would have to happen for that to change for the next elections?
In the meantime, anyone requiring further information about the October elections can visit the electoral information offices that are being set up in Paroikia, where you can have the chance to speak to the Mayoral candidates and their counsellors. Ask at the Town Hall for the location of those offices not yet set up.
This month we are featuring the first two of the above candidates - Ioannis Rangoussis and Nikos Frangoulis. Next month's edition will feature Stylianos Bizas and Kostas Argouzis. See centre pages.