Greeks voted yesterday (Sunday) to elect candidates to a new mini-parliament -- the Consultative Committee on Legislation which will advise the Army-backed government on law-making.
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SV INT. Athens Mayor leaving booth & placing vote in ballot box (2 shots)
GV Athens City Hall
SV & CU INT. Voters receiving registration cards from officials & placing papers in box (3 shots)
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Background: Greeks voted yesterday (Sunday) to elect candidates to a new mini-parliament -- the Consultative Committee on Legislation which will advise the Army-backed government on law-making. Some observers have seen this a gradual step towards the restorations of parliamentary rule, suspended when the Army seized power five years ago. But yesterday's election involved only 10,000 voters, who represented the country's five-and-a-half million electorate. The voters were mostly mayors, councillors and officials of trade and professional associations.
SYNOPSIS: In Greece on Sunday, a selection of voters went to the polls to elect a new mini-parliament. Voters in Athens included the city's mayor, Mr. Demetrius Ritsos. The elections were to decide the seventy-five members to sit on the new Consultative Committee on legislation, which will advise the Army-backed government on law-making.
Though there were over nine-hundred candidates contesting the seventy-five seats, the voters were restricted to ten-thousand local government and trade officials representing the country's five-million electorate. Nevertheless, some observers have seen the election as a step towards the gradual restoration of parliamentary rule, suspended when the army seized power nearly five years ago. The new Consultative Committee's role will be primarily advisory -- it won't be able to initiate or enact legislation.