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The local vote will determine whether there will be early parliamentary elections

07 November 2010 / 17:11:53  GRReporter
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The election procedure for mayors and district administration in Greece started normally. From 7 am there have been no problems, and all legal representatives arrived on time at the polling centers yesterday evening, reported the Ministry of Interior. For the convenience of the voters, the ministry activated site, where people can learn the address of the electoral center where they vote.

Nevertheless, the residents of the island of Gavdos decided not to participate in the elections for regional governors, as they are protesting against the lack of regular routes of ships to serve the island and to linking it with Crete. Apart from them, the inhabitants of the village Velvedo in the region of Kozani decided to boycott the elections and not vote because of the merger of their town hall with the neighboring one. The producers of apples in the village of Tihio in Kastoria on the other hand refused to vote as a sign of protest that the compensation for the damages on the crop that was destroyed two years ago by natural disasters have not yet been transferred.

Without any major problems continue the elections in the region of Attica, in spite of the many cases of citizens who have been appointed as members of the election commissions, but have come to assume their obligations. According to the Court of First Instance in Athens there are many electoral centers, which operate only with the judicial representative, the secretary and a member of the Electoral Commission. In these cases, judicial representative may ask the police to find the committee members who have not appeared and bring them in or after the completion of the elections start procedures for their punishment. In Crete there were cases when the citizens who went to vote were requested to stay there as members of the Electoral Commission. In Thessaloniki, there also were some problems in the beginning of the day because in some cases no member of the electoral commissions appeared.

In the Ministry of Interior at 10 am arrived Minister Yannis Rangusis who returned from the island of Paros, where he voted. Speaking to reporters, he confirmed that today's election process runs normally.

Polls will close at 7 pm and the first official results will come out at 9:30 pm from 10% of the polling centers. During these elections will not be conducted exit polls studies as private television stations have decided that it would be very expensive for them.

A statement urging for stability and development in order for Greece to continue its path to salvation, made also the Prime Minister George Papandreou in an interview after exercising his right to vote in the district of Nea Eritrea. Mr. Papandreou said that today’s day is one of important decisions that affect not only "Kalikratis", but also the course of the country.

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