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Vouli Ton Ellinon (Hellenic Parliament)
ELECTORAL SYSTEM

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Vouli Ton Ellinon / Hellenic Parliament
Structure of parliament Unicameral
LEGAL FRAMEWORK
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.
CANDIDATES
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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