Athens taxis to help lost voters

Hundreds of taxis and minibuses will be on duty next Sunday outside Athens polling stations, at the disposal of an estimated 200,000 voters expected to have trouble finding where they should vote, the government said yesterday. Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis accused Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos of not having done enough to ensure that the Athenians know where they will vote in the October 13 municipal and prefectural elections. Avramopoulos dismissed this as «politically untoward behavior.» After a recent system overhaul intended to weed out voters registered in different constituencies, some 200,000 people whose addresses were unknown or wrongly listed with Athens municipal authorities will be voting far from where they live. Computers will be set up outside all polling centers where voters can find out where they vote, while 137 minibuses and 400 taxis have been chartered to help them get there. Information on polling centers is available on the 1464 phone hotline, and on the Internet at Some 3,000 EU citizens resident in Greece are eligible to vote.