(Greece) – On Friday of this past week, the Interior Ministry in Greece made public the proposal that will seek to reform the country’s electoral laws. This fulfills a pledge made by the current government to change the existing system to one of proportional representation. Among those things that will be changed is the 50 seat bonus that is currently awarded to the party that wins the election. Another proposed change is to lower the voting age to 17 and also maintain a 3% threshold in order to enter parliament.
In order for these proposed reforms to be turned into a law, the government needs 200 votes in favor of it. However, it is unclear whether or not the proposed reforms will pass, especially since many have said that they aren’t in favor of it. Some say that the SYRIZA party wants to reform electoral law because it is lagging behind in current polls. People believe that this move is a way to gain political momentum.
Opposition parties such as To Potami are not in favor of the change because they say that it would make Greece “ungovernable” and they have called for other parities to also not support it. However, the Interior Ministry disagrees with that thinking and has said that, Parliament becomes truly representative of Greek society,” in the proposed new system. The new proposal is expected to be debated until Monday evening before it is tabled by the Greek Parliament. The government hopes that the proposal will become law by July 10, 2016.
The current Greek government has been in favor of election reforms for various reasons. Mainly, it hopes to keep an election promise made to the people that it will push for election reforms. Whether or not these reforms are expected to pass is up for debate.