University puts off rector vote

The attempt to elect a new rector at the University of Athens was thrown into chaos yesterday after one candidate called for the list of students eligible to vote to be reviewed, resulting in the ballot being postponed. There were scuffles between some students and staff after candidate Theodoros Fortsakis questioned the legality of the vote because the list contains many students who should not be allowed to cast a ballot. The university, Greece’s oldest, decided to postpone the elections for two weeks so the matter could be cleared up. The key issue is whether students undertaking their doctorate should be allowed to vote and, if so, whether their date of enrollment should play a role. «There are PhD students on the list that enrolled in 1951,» Fortsakis told Kathimerini, adding that there are a large number of doctoral students at the university’s medical school, where rival candidate Christos Stefanidis teaches.

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