Exercising our voting right in Mykonos – (English)
KINHSH ENEGON POLITON MYKONOU K.E.Po.M.
“Mykonos Active Citizens’ Movement”
First thing for all is to be registered in the electoral registers. This right had a deadline on March 2014. You can check if you are registered in http://www.ypes.gr/Services/eea/eea.htm click on «Ευρωπαίοι πολίτες – European Citizens» give Surname, Name, Year of Birth, and you get info on the exact number and position in the electoral area in which you vote.
The 18th of May 2014, we vote for:
Α. The Municipality of Mykonos and the two municipal communities
1. Municipal Community of Ano Mera
2. Municipal Community of the Municipality of Mykonians
Polling booths open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
In Mykonos there are two main locations where polling takes place:
a) in the district of Lakka in Chora (at the primary school and kindergarten)
b) at the primary school of Ano Mera
COMPULSORY DOCUMENTS: a valid form of identification (ID card or Passport)
At the Election Centre you will be given a small envelope, 4 voting papers, one for each of the 3 candidate groups/parties and a blank one. You should move behind the screen and place beside each name in blue or black pen, 0-3 crosses for the first group of candidates for the Municipal Council and 0-2 crosses in the second group of candidates for the Municipal Community. No other mark or colour should be used as it may result in an invalid vote.
Regarding the distribution of seats: on the first Sunday the first 14 seats are distributed between all on a pro rata basis, whilst on the second Sunday the first candidate takes from the remaining 13 seats however many he/she is entitled to until the total number of 16 seats. The rest go to the second candidate. In this way we always have a Municipal Council which is elected on the first Sunday’s votes composed thus: 16 for the ruling group/party and 11 seats in total for all of the Opposition.
After this the same process is repeated for the District elections where we may select the ballot paper of our choice and place 0-1 crosses.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is possible that we do not have a Mayor on Sunday 18/05/14 if no candidate achieves more than 50%. This means that the Elections will be repeated on Sunday 25/05/14 in which only the first two parties/groups take part. This has the following advantage: given that the Councillors are elected based on the number of crosses they receive on the first Sunday, we have the capability to vote for the best councillors on the first Sunday and on the second Sunday for the Mayor who will have to implement the decisions of the Municipal Council anyway! Significant innovation is the fact that Municipal and Prefectural Elections will, henceforth, be repeated every 5 years and will coincide with the Elections for the European Parliament.
For us, it is very important to see more of you active in the affairs of Local Government, so that we may have citizens elected to represent you. Long before it was mandated by law we, as active citizens were always open in our relations and cooperation with all those who have chosen Mykonos as their new home either for reasons of employment, family or simply by choice. Mykonos is a meeting place of cultures, in which one deserves to live and, moreover, it is place in which one’s contribution and voluntary work for the common benefit of all and the communication between us, is well placed.
CANDIDATES FOR MUNICIPALITY OF MYKONOS (Up to 3 Crosses)
+ FRANK SINATRA
JOHN BON JOVI
+ JOHN LENNON
+ MARIA CALLAS
CANDIDATES FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY (Up to 2 Crosses)
+ ARETHA FRANKLIN
+ DAVID BOWIE