Political parties are entering the final two-week stretch for the March 7th elections. Pasok president George Papandreou who presented on Friday a radical changes in the education sector spoke on Saturday at an open gathering in Tripolis this evening. Among Saturday’s announcements by the president of Pasok were the creation of non-governmental not for profit universities, elimination of college entrance examinations, expanding all day schools for junior high and high schools and merging of the ministries of labor and education.
New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis presented his regional policies during his tour of the Dodekanese islands. With respect to the island of Leros, the first stop of his tour, the ND leader proposed infrastructure and tourism upgrading and new employment positions at the Leros Therapeutic Center. During his speech in Kalymnos, Mr. Karamanlis elaborated on his partys islands policies and stressed opportunities must continue to be available for the less developed islands. The islands of Kos and Rhodes were Mr. Karamanlis next stops.
Communist party leader, Aleka Papariga called on the popular classes to join forces during her speech at the Refugee Homes in Kallithea. Mrs. Papariga once again lashed out against bipartisanism stressing that political suicide would be committed if citizens voted on the two major political parties.
In a letter addressed to Pasok president, George Papandreou and ND leader, Kostas Karamanlis, Coalition party leader, Nikos Konstantopoulos requested that at least one debate be conducted with the participation of all political party leaders. Mr. Konstantopoulos campaigned in the prefecture of Imathia while this evening he will address a party gathering in Veria.
Five new polls published Friday before the beginning of the forbiddance enforced by electoral legislature gave ND a clear lead of 3% ahead of PASOK. The greatest difference was given by the VPRC poll with 4.2% and the smallest was that of Metron Analysis with 2.9%. Mr. Papandreou is ahead in the answers as to who is more appropriate for the position of Prime Minister in all five polls. KKE is above 5% in almost all polls and the Coalition is steadily around 3%. DIKKI and LAOS are below the 3% required for participation in Parliament.
A difference of 3.1% in favor of ND was recorded in the Opinion poll for the “Eleftherotypia” newspaper, while to the question of who is most appropriate for the position of Prime Minister, Giorgos Papandreou is slightly ahead of Costas Karamanlis.
In vote intention ND concentrated 39.9%, PASOK 36.8%, KKE 5.5%, the Coalition 3.2%, DIKKI 1.5%, LAOS 2.2%, and there are 7.3% who are undecided. Regarding who is most appropriate for the position of Prime Minister, 47% supported the President of PASOK an d 42.8% supported the President of ND.
The VPRC poll published in the “Kathimerini” newspaper gave ND a 4.2% lead. In vote intent ND concentrated 42.5%, PASOK 38.3%, KKE 4.4%, the Coalition 2.6%, DIKKI 1.1%, LAOS 1.3% and 2.9% are undecided. Giorgos Papandreou is considered more appropriate f or the position of Prime Minister with 45% in contrast to C. Karamanlis’ 40%.
The DIMEL poll published in “Cosmos tou Ependyti” gave ND a lead of 3.4%. ND concentrated 40.8%, PASOK 37.4%, KKE 5.6%, the Coalition 3.2%, DIKKI 2.1% LAOS 1.1% and 9% were undecided.