Tomorrow between 7 AM and 7 PM close to 10m Greek citizens will cast their votes for their preferred political power. Every Greek citizen that is 18 years of age and registered in the voting-lists of his/her municipality has the right to vote. The electorate can receive information on how to vote at the web site “Learn how to vote”, created by the Ministry of the interior, or call Civil Services Centers at 1 500. Since September 4, 60 000 calls have been registered, expected to exceed 200 000 by tomorrow night.
In order to be allowed to vote, Greeks need to have one of the following documents with them: ID card, passport (even if expired), driver’s license, or health-insurance document issued by the insurance agency. At the elections tomorrow, 245 000 people will vote for the first time, and the ones that have been double-registered, but with the right to only vote in one section, are 12 475. Voters will chose from 23 parties participating in the elections and among 3905 candidates to sit in the parliament from all around Greece.
The Ministry of the interior will work for the second time with the Singular Company, which promises to deliver reliable results by 9 PM. The results will be derived from 10% of the voting sections, comprising a sample on the end results.
In order to be able to provide such accurate results so early, Singular Company will be using a pilot program. Security-equipped mobile phones were given today to the legal representatives of each of the 4500 sections. Thus, when the ballots are counted, the legal persons will send information on the number of voters listed, the number of people that voted and the voting results. It is, therefore, expected that by 9 PM on Sunday the results from half of the sections equipped with the new system will be available, and the rest 2 250 sections will deliver their results by 10 PM. The system will be employed because of its advantage to quickly transmit information and, therefore, provide rapid results.
Besides on TV, information on the results can also be received through internet- during the 2007 elections the Ministry of internal affairs web site was visited by more than 170m users.