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Vouli Ton Ellinon (Hellenic Parliament)

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Vouli Ton Ellinon / Hellenic Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
Electoral Law 11 February 2004
Last updated on 1 February 2008
Mode of designation directly elected 300
Constituencies - 56 constituencies for 288 seats (48 multi-member constituencies and eight single-member constituencies)
- one multi-member nationwide constituency for 12 seats
Voting system Proportional: Party list system.
- Parties must obtain at least 3 per cent of the votes cast to obtain parliamentary representation.
- 250 seats are distributed in accordance with the Hagenbach-Bischoff system.
- The party obtaining the highest number of valid votes is entitled to 50 seats, allocated to candidates on its party list.
- majority vote, under some circumstances, to allocate further remaining seats at the national level and simple majority vote in eight single-member constituencies.

Vacancies arising between general elections are filled by the "next-in-line" candidate on the same party list.

Voting is compulsory until the age of 70. Failure to vote is punishable by a prison sentence of one month to one year, and loss of the offender's post (however, no one has ever been prosecuted).
Voter requirements - 18 years
- Greek citizenship
- full possession of civil rights
- disqualifications: persons disfranchised pursuant to legal prohibition or criminal conviction for offenses defined in the common or military penal code, or persons who are wards of the court.
Eligibility Qualified electors
- age: 25 years or over
- Greek citizenship
Incompatibilities The main categories are:
- members of the armed forces and security service
- certain public officials or holders of public office
- directors of parastatal agencies or organizations
The Constitution provides a full list of ineligibilities (Article 56) and incompatibilities (Article 57).
Candidacy requirements - individual candidates or members of a political party
- presentation on an independent basis or under a party label, supported by at least 12 voters, or self-nominated.
- non-reimbursable deposit of 146.74 euros

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