Voting on Symi, Panormitis Festival

Sunday, November 7th, 2010 No Comments
Categorized Under: Day to day
It’s all go this weekend with the local election today and the start of the three day Panormitis Festival. [caption id="attachment_2970" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Symi Dream notebook from Cafe Press"]Symi dream notebook[/caption]

There is, as far as we know, only one set of candidates running today, there apparently isn’t any opposition so the mayor will be returned, but who will the councillors be? This will be Lefteris’ last term, his third, and he will be in for another four years. But this lack of choice of who to vote for doesn’t mean you don’t have to vote. If you are registered and within 200km of the island you have to vote or risk getting in to trouble – again, ‘so I am told.’

Actually I can do better than that. Here is what has to say about it:

“The EU treaty (known as the "Maastricht Treaty") gives every EU citizen the right to vote and stand as a candidate in local, municipal (if applicable) and European Parliament elections in the EU country where they are currently resident, under the same conditions as nationals of that country.

[caption id="attachment_2971" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Sibyl the basil plant is doing well"]Basil plant[/caption] There are three types of elections in Greece: National elections, Municipal and Prefectoral Elections, European Parliamentary Elections. Voting in Greece is mandatory for all Greek citizens although there are rarely sanctions for citizens that do not vote. Citizens of EU member states, residing in Greece are entitled to vote in Municipal and Prefectoral Elections and European Parliamentary Elections. Foreigners are not entitled to vote in national elections.” And if you are checking into the blog, and are on Symi and registered, and don’t know where to vote, the ‘Xenoi’ (as foreigners are listed) should vote at the village junior school between the hours of sun up and sun down. My advice is to go early and then you've got the rest of the day free to walk over to Panormitis and join in the festival there, wander around the market, have plenty of souvlakies and hopefully get a lift back. Today’s two photos are a quick advert for one of our Symi Dream products available from Café Press, online. Click the pic to go there. And the other shows ‘Sibyl’, one of the basil plants I grew from a bunch our favourite Nimborio stringers gave me one day when they were passing the bar in the summer. The other one, ‘Basil’ has been attacked by snails and may not survive, I've put him in isolation now, near Sybil who has never been attacked, so we will have to wait and see if he recovers.

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