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Local and Regional Elections: The Electoral Bill for Local Government is in public consultation [Bill]

The Electoral Bill for Local Government is in public consultation. What changes in the bill for the "Election of Municipal and Regional Authorities" – Changes in relation to the draft – what does……..

This bill attempts to restoration of governance in the Municipalities and Regions of the country with the abolition of the so-called "Simple analog" implemented by SYRIZA and which had catastrophic consequences for their smooth operation.

The main changes brought about by the Draft Law, which is put to public consultation after a fruitful dialogue with the institutional representatives of Local Government A 'and B' degree (KEDE and ENPE), are summarized in the following:

  • Restoration of the 5-year term. The mayors and governors who will be elected in October 2023, will have a full five-year term.
  • Reduction of the number of members of the Municipal Councils, of Municipal Community Councils and Regional Councils.
  • The election limit from the first round is set at 43% plus one vote.
  • It is set limit 3% for the right to elect a Municipal or Regional Councilor, το οποίο είναι ευθυγραμμισμένο με το ισχύον στις βουλευτικές εκλογές και ανεξάρτητο από τον αριθμό των μελών του.
  • It is secured the election of 3/5 of board members to the winner election.
  • It is set deadline 31 August for the preparation and declaration of combinations, so that there is complete control over the election expenses and that the candidates are known to the electorate in a timely manner.

The consultation will end on Thursday 18 March on 21.00.

The main points of the bill:

* If the first combination receives a percentage of up to 60%, elects them 3/5 of the seats of the municipal or regional council, while on top of it 60%, the seats of each combination are distributed proportionally.

* It is set limit 3% for the right to elect a Municipal or Regional Councilor, as in parliamentary elections.

** The five-year term of the Municipal and Regional Authorities returns. Ο a’ round of elections is held on the second Sunday in October of the fifth year of each municipal term and the second on the following Sunday. So, the next municipal elections will be held on 8 and 15 October 2023.

** The installation of the new Authorities takes place on January 1 of the following year of that of the elections and their term of office ends on 31 December of the fifth year.

** The declaration of combinations is submitted electronically by 31 August of the election year.

** The number of members of the municipal councils and the regional councils is decreasing and is formed on the basis of the one that corresponds today to the immediately smaller population scale..

** Specifically, in Municipalities with population until 2.000 residents, the city council will consist of 11 States (from 13), from 2.001 – 5.000 residents 13 States (from 17), from 5.001 – 10.000 residents 17 States (from 21), from 10.001 – 30.000 residents 21 States (from 27), from 30.001 – 50.000 residents 27 States (from 33 for up 60.000 residents), from 50.001 – 100.000 residents 33 States (from 41 for population from 60.000), from 100.001 – 200.000 residents 37 States (from 45 for up 150.000 residents), while in municipalities with a population of 200.000 residents and above the city council will consist of 41 States, instead 49 currently in force (for over 150.000 residents).

* Respectively, in regions with a population of up to 300.000 the regional council will have 31 States (from 41), from 300.001 – 800.000 41 States (from 51), from 800.000 and over 51 States (from 71), while the regional council of the Attica Region will consist of 71 States, namely 30 fewer members than today.

* There will be fewer members of the municipal councils, as the municipal districts are renamed. Those of them have a population of up to 300 residents will be administered by the president of the municipal community. Municipal communities with a population of over 300 residents are governed by the chairman of the municipal council and the municipal council.

* In "Municipal communities" are also renamed municipal districts into which the settlements are divided – seats of municipalities with a population of more than 100.000 resident.

* End, the maximum number of candidates for municipal and regional councilors on each ballot paper is formed in the 150% the number of seats in each constituency (from 30% which was in force in the last elections), while remaining at 40% mandatory representation by either sex.

Currently, the most important thing is that there is now an official text, as follows:

The Bill

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The Report that accompanies it

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