“My friends get me out of my house and I’m going to vote.”
Polling stations across the country opened this Sunday at 7 a.m. local time and will close at 7 p.m. (local time, one less in Spain), at which time data from walking polls will be released. jar.
The first to vote was Alexis Tsipras, leader of the radical left-wing Syriza Progressive Alliance, at a polling station in the central suburb of Kipseli.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, New Democracy party leader and outgoing prime minister, did so at around 11 a.m. in the residential neighborhood of Kifisia, north of Athens, as dozens of local and international media, including ABC, waited with great anticipation for the Greek politician’s arrival. I’m sure tomorrow will be a better day for our country,” the Conservative leader told the press after the vote, accompanied by his sons and supported by several ministers and MPs with his line-up.
On Sunday, more than nine million Greeks were called to the polls at nearly 17,000 polling stations across the country. Although Greece’s Magna Carta defines the compulsory nature of voting, projections speak of an absenteeism of about 40% of the electorate. On the other hand, approximately 10% of voters, according to opinion polls, will be undecided. Such is the case of Yorgos, 48, who is sitting on a balcony in front of the polling station where he is supposed to vote, sharing a cup of coffee with some friends while he decides which party to support. “I still don’t know for sure but at least get me out of the house and my friends and I’ll vote” .
The impossibility of forming a government
Recent polls show that neither of the two favored parties, New Democracy and Syriza-AP, will achieve the majority needed to form a government. Let us remember that Syriza-Associated Press changed the election law during its legislature, and in this convocation, the party that won more than 50 seats, as has been the tradition, will not be awarded. The key will be the difference in votes between the two powers. The difference is 5 points or more Re-election next July, with an emphatic victory for the conservative Mitsotakis. On the other hand, a difference of less than 3% of the votes will open the door to the formation of coalition governments on both the right and the left or a second election where both New Democracy and Syriza will have a good chance of winning and obtaining an absolute majority to rule alone.
Young people, disillusioned with politics, are one of the keys that could lead to a return to elections tonight. Almost half a million young people are voting on Sunday for the first time in the elections, which will be attended by those who will turn 18 this year.
This is the situation Spiros KomotsakusThe 17-year-old son of a New Democracy party deputy was casting his ballot on Sunday for the first time at the same polling station as Mitsotakis. “I will vote for my father’s party because I think it best represents my interests, the interests of the youth,” he told ABC decisively as his father looked on proudly.
We find it in Agios Dimitrios, the largest municipality in the south of Athens Konstantinos, Next month, he will turn 18 and this is the first time he will vote. “I’m still not sure which party to vote for, I want to look at the lists of different left-wing parties,” he told ABC. We go with him to the room where it was his turn, we accompany him during the vote, and when he comes out of the curtain, he tells us that he finally decided “Syriza because I liked the names on the list of candidates in the south of the city” and among them is the famous rapper Mithridates.
In the town of Karditsa, five people have been arrested in connection with an alleged attempt to buy votes, according to Greek authorities.
In addition, a complaint was registered by the radical left-wing party Syriza that included the spread of various hoaxes on networks and through text messages that the name of MP Yiorgos Katrongalos should be crossed out on ballots. Katrongalos was removed from the left-wing coalition lists two days ago after inflammatory remarks about the self-employed.