Voting (Supervision)

Oral Answers to Questions — Greece – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28 March 1945.

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Photo of Mr Morgan Price Mr Morgan Price , Forest of Dean 12:00, 28 March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether any steps have yet been taken to secure that, when a general election or plebiscite is held in Greece, there are sufficient impartial observers on the spot to secure, as far as possible, a free vote of the electors.

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

As has already been announced, His Majesty's Government would be prepared to help in supervising elections in Greece and would welcome the co-operation of their Allies. The Greek Government have stated that they intend to ask for such assistance. No detailed preparations have yet been made to provide observers, since it is not yet possible to fix even an approximate date on which the plebiscite or elections will be held. When the time comes, however, we shall certainly try to ensure that any supervision which may be agreed upon shall be effective.

Photo of Mr Morgan Price Mr Morgan Price , Forest of Dean

Do I understand from that, that other members of the United Nations will be asked to send delegations to supervise?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

That was the original suggestion which the Greek Government made.

Captain Duncan:

In addition to a free vote, will these observers ensure a secret ballot and an accurate counting of votes; and will this procedure also be carried out in Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Poland?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

My hon. and gallant Friend knows that we shall certainly do our best to ensure that in Greece. It is our desire to ensure the same practice everywhere. We think that is the only way in which the result will be satisfactory.