ND wants one ballot box for Novartis vote, not 10, says top party official

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) is expected to object to the use of ten ballot boxes instead of one when parliament votes on whether to set up an ad hoc preliminary investigation committee on the Novartis case, a senior ND official said on Thursday. ND will present its objections during a meeting of the parliament presidents on Thursday to discuss the procedure to be followed during the debate and vote, the source said.

“ND’s objections to 10 ballot boxes instead of one are clear, given that the charges are not listed against individuals and only the investigation of the case is asked for,” the source said.

According to the same source, ND wants all questions to be answered during the debate, through a thorough discussion that gives ample time to the parties directly involved to speak.

The source also reiterated earlier statements by ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis that there is an issue concerning the “quality of democracy,” saying that ND will continue to highlight this in the coming days.