OPINION

Time ripe for electoral reform

Reform of Greek electoral law along similar lines to the system employed in Germany would be a very important development that could contribute to an improvement in the quality of the political body as a whole, and help it become less vulnerable to the pressures of powerful entangled interests. The fact that the new prime minister, PASOK’s George Papandreou, appears steadfast in his decision to proceed with these changes even though he is facing rather strong opposition from many of the current ministers in his Cabinet, counts very much in his favor. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, along with other New Democracy officials whose opinions hold sway in Parliament, have already pledged their support for electoral reform. It seems, therefore, that everything is stacked in favor of these changes taking place and the proposal receiving the backing of the 200 deputies whose support is necessary for the new electoral system to be approved in Parliament, which would allow the law to be applicable whenever the country returns to the polls.