Caretaker interior minister seeks vote for all 18-year-olds

Caretaker Interior Minister Michalis Theocharidis (photo) told political parties on Monday that he would examine the possibility of intervening to ensure that some 100,000 18-year-old Greeks would be able to vote in the January 25 elections.

Greece’s electoral rolls are normally updated every February and if there is no emergency legislation to make this happen before the country goes to the polls toward the end of this month, around 100,000 young Greeks who turned 18 since the last time the register was refreshed will not be able to cast their ballot in these elections.

Theocharidis made the pledge during a cross-party meeting at which officials decided how much TV airtime each candidate should receive over the next three weeks.

SYRIZA proposed that there be two televised debates, one between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and leftist leader Alexis Tsipras, and the other in which all parties would be represented.

New Democracy rejected the suggestion.