A Greek Paradox (out of many)

Many people are happy about the result of the local body elections in Thessaloniki. They hope that the new Mayor will make the city more human friendly. I don't hope, I am sure he will. More human friendly. But until Thessaloniki becomes really human friendly, we will have to wait some decades (I would estimate —at stable and continuous improvements— about 40-50 years), because the problems that caused the current situation are active for many years.

I will not write here anything about the gigantic problems of Thessaloniki, but about a fact that is totally absurd and functions as an obstacle to the democratic desicions in Greece.

In Greece, the place where one lives and the place where one votes do not have to be the same. E.g. a person who is raised up in place A and then moves to study or work to place B remains officialy inhabitant of A, unless he goes through the fight with the bureaucratic dragon and moves his electorial rights as well. The result is, that people travel on the election day back to their root-village or city, they see old relatives and friends, they vote, and the whole process gets a character of feast. Of course, if they decide to travel. Sometimes these journeys are quite long, and not all people have the desire to spend energy, time, security and money in order to have lunch with old buddies and vote for a person that has nothing to do with their lives. Thus: a huge number of people remain at home and just don't vote, or they vote at a place where they don't live!

On the other hand, Greeks that live abroad do not have the option to elect at the embassy.

Who can fight with Bureaucracy? Well, who wants to?

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