NEW YORK, NY – The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents the “Hellenic Republic Voting and the Diaspora” Webinar Panel Discussion on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 2 p.m. EST/ 9 p.m. Athens EEST.
The panel discussion will be introduced and moderated by Lou Katsos EMBCA’s President.
The distinguished panel, still in formation, including Author/Poet Nicholas Alexiou, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the American Hellenic Project (HAP); Author/Writer /Historian Alexander Billinis; and Nick Theodoropoulos, Secretary of Hellenic Diaspora Affairs at Nea Dimokratia, as well as, representatives from other political parties in Greece will discuss on conditions for registration in the Hellenic special electoral lists of foreign voters, voting for elections outside the Hellenic territory (conditions, deadlines, diaspora voting rights, where to vote, etc.), among other things.
“In a historic, although restrictive step, some Hellenes living abroad for the first time will be able to vote under new guidelines. Up until December 2019 Hellenic citizens permanently living abroad and who were on the electoral roll of Hellas could only vote in a national election if they traveled to Hellas to vote and the ability to vote in one’s permanent residency abroad had been a long standing demand of politically active first generation Hellenes in the Diaspora for decades”, notes EMBCA’s President, Lou Katsos.
“The political confrontations and the public discussion in Hellas, regarding the voting rights for Hellenes Abroad is revealing in many ways, of the current nature of the relationship between the “mother” country and its Diaspora, and in the Diaspora regarding Hellas. We hope this discussion contributes to an ongoing conversation between Hellas and its Diaspora relating to Hellenic citizenship and voting rights”, he concludes.