The elections to nominate members of the future Greek Parliament started at 7 am. Many consider these to be the most crucial elections of the last 30 years.
A total of 9,850,802 Greek citizens have the right to vote, and those who have attained their majority this year and 359,959 will vote for the first time at parliamentary elections.
So far, the elections are running smoothly. Polling stations will close at 7pm when the results from the first exit poll will be published.
As the Minister of Interior Tassos Yiannitsis said, the election result is expected to become clear later in the evening because of the large number of parties seeking to enter parliament.
According to the statements of the Minister, during the testing of the system of the Ministry, members of the company Singular Logic, which has once again undertaken the processing and submission of the results, have pointed out that from a technical point of view the first results will become clear at around 9 to 9.30 pm. From a political standpoint, however the results will become clear later, at around 11 to 11.30 pm, as there might be some rearranging of the seats of the MPs.
The unprecedented number of citizens who have not yet decided whom to vote for makes any prediction of today's election result impossible, says Reuters. The French news agency on the other hand emphasizes the collapse of the bipartisanship model responsible for the economic crisis in the country after 30 years in power.
The French news agency also notes that the favoured party in this election is New Democracy, even if it does not reach a percentage greater than 25%. This will hapen despite the threats of Antonis Samaras, that he would seek new elections if they did not receive enough votes to form their own government.
About PASOK, the French news agency said that because of the policy dictated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, the party risks losing more than half of its voters who were 44% during the elections in 2009.
In turn, Reuters noted that according to recent opinion polls, PASOK will be the second party with 14-19% of the votes. The remaining four parties that have a chance to enter the parliament, are fighting for about 10% of the votes each.
The latest study published by nonews-news.blogspot.com provides for a twist in the forecasts for the election results. According to it the difference between the first two parties is reducing and there there will surprising results for the party of Stefanos Manos "Dras" and for the "Independent Greeks" of Panos Kamenos.
On Saturday evening in the blog in question results were published from research "with some reservations also on the part of the sociologists who speak of real "quicksands".
The research studied the election attitudes and converted them into election results (counting the votes, where the numbers may be larger).
The number of those who have not yet decided whom to vote for is still a two-digit number.
New Democracy - 20.7%
PASOK - 16.8%,
Left coalition SYRIZA - 13.1%
"Independent Greeks" (Panos Kamenos) - 10.1
KKE Communist Party - 9.0%
Democratic Left - 4.9%
Environmentalists green - 3.7%
Neo-Nazi "Golden Dawn" - 3.4%
"Drasi" (Stefanos Manos) - 2.5%
Democratic Alliance (Dora Bakoyannis) - 2.3%
Extreme right party "LAOS" - 2.1%
Other Party - 5.2%
There is tension at the headquarters of New Democracy. PASOK will be satisfied if they hold on to the second place.
Panos Kamenos, founder of the "Independent Greeks" and Alexis Tsipras, the leader of the left coalition SYRIZA are celebrating. As well as Stefanos Manos with his party "Drasi" which after the recalculation of the election results surpasses the 3% barrier and enters parliament.
Expect further details.