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The local elections in Greece ended with low electoral activeness

07 November 2010 / 21:11:43  GRReporter
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With no problems ended the first round of the local elections in Greece, the results of which are expected with great interest, because if the socialist government of George Papandreou did not receive enough support, the country will find itself facing new parliamentary elections.

Sociologists reported low electoral activeness, especially for the Athens Municipality and the Attica region, which they explain with a clear political position of discontent from the political system of Greece. To a lesser extent, but also low is the electoral activeness in the province, which sociologists explain with the economic crisis and the fact that for the first time the state will not pay the citizens to return to their homelands and vote there.

    Also for the first time this year, again because of the economic crisis, elections are held without exit poll. A sociological research of the agency GPO, held yesterday evening on behalf of MEGA TV sets following electoral attitudes. For the municipality of Athens leads the New Democracy candidate Nikitas Kaklamanis with 44 per cent, while at the second place is the supported by PASOK George Kaminis with 29 per cent. For district Government in the Attica region leads Yannis Sgouros supported by PASOK with 26 per cent, followed by Vassilis Kikilias from New Democracy with 20 percent. In Piraeus leads the supported by PASOK Yannis Mias with 33 percent of the votes, followed by Vassilis Michaloliakos from New Democracy with 25 percent. For Thessaloniki mayoralty is leading the representative of New Democracy Costas Giulekas with 43 per cent, followed by PASOK’s candidate Yiannis Boutaris with 36 per cent. To approximately the same results with small differences in the percentages reached also the agency Alco, quoted by the newspaper Naftemboriki.
    The first analysis showed that Papandreou’s ultimatum failed to attract new votes to the big parties, but was able to motivate the party supporters to back the official party line and not scatter their votes among the alternative candidates.
The data reported are from a preliminary survey, rather than forecasted results. The first results of today's vote are expected around 21:30 o’clock. After this is expected an official statement of the Prime Minister George Papandreou, who will announce whether he is satisfied by them and whether in country there will be premature parliamentary elections.
The same poll showed that 82 percent of the respondents are against the early elections. Only 36 percent of them believe that the memorandum with the IMF was inevitable. And nearly half - 48.9 per cent want a broad coalition government in the country.

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