Yesterday’s report in Ta Nea that the government intends to try out a proportional representation electoral system in local government elections has sparked a debate regarding the planned change of the electoral law.
Our self-evident position is that this discussion must be completed in a timely manner.
One reason for this is that the perpetuation of this issue does not benefit the smooth functioning of democracy.
Political life requires clear rules, established on the principle of just political competition.
The electoral law cannot be treated as a suit that can be narrowed or widened in accord with the interests of the majority at any given moment, and without taking into account the interests of the country.
The national interest requires that this discussion be completed in due course.
In order for a country to be stable, especially in an exceptionally unstable period, it needs stable governments.
If the political system has the maturity, and the culture of consensus and cooperation that is required, let it adopt the simplest and plainest system of proportional representation.
Otherwise, it must agree upon a system that will not leave the country without a stable government, and which will not open a backdoor to a new disastrous adventure.