Updated : 29/04/2014
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EU citizens can vote and stand for election to the European Parliament immediately after arriving in Portugal, as there is no mandatory minimum period of residence.
To be able to vote, they must
EU citizens can register with the registry commissions (comissões recenseadoras) or the Aliens and Borders Department (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, SEF). They are then registered in the constituency corresponding to their place of residence as stated in their valid residence document (título de residência).
For this purpose they must
Voting is voluntary, so there is no penalty of any kind for not doing so.
However, voting simultaneously in the European elections in both Portugal and another EU country is punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to 50 days.
EU citizens can stand for election if they have not forfeited this right in their home country.
To stand for election, EU citizens must
Standing for election to the European Parliament in both Portugal and another EU country at the same time is punishable by
The Voter's Portal (Portal do Eleitor) contains further information about the elections in Portugal.
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