ND 44%, PASOK 34%, Communist Party 9%, SYN 4,5%, LAOS 4%. DISY 28.2% surprised leading the polls in Cyprus. AKEL drops 2nd 27.8% . DIKO 17%, EDEK 10.5%, Matsis 10.5%
ATHENS – Governing party of New Democracy is the big winner of the June 13 Euro-elections, according to the final prediction based on which it is expected to get 42.6% of the vote and 10-11 Euro-Parliament seats. PASOK’s percentage is expected to be around 34.3% with 8-9 seats in the European Parliament, while the Communist Party will get around 9.5% and 2-3 seats. Coalition of the Left is expected to get around 4.5% of the vote and 1 seat and LAOS will be around 4.2% also securing 1 seat in the European Parliament. Abstention was expected to be high EU-wide.
According to the nationwide results for the European elections, with 12.32 per cent of the vote counted, New Democracy gained 44.85 per cent of the vote and 11 seats in the European Parliament, main opposition PASOK received 34.12 per cent and 9 seats, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) received 8.60 per cent and 2 seats, the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology party received 3.72 per cent and gained 1 seat, while the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) received 3.58 per cent and also 1 seat.
A Kappa Research exit poll conducted on behalf of NET state television (with a plus/minus 1.5 percent margin error) showed the ruling New Democracy party (ND) leading with 43 percent, and the main opposition PASOK party placing second with 33 percent, followed by the Communist party of Greece (KKE) with 9.2 percent, the Coalition of the Left (SYN) with 4.8 percent, and LAOS with 3.5 percent.
An MRB exit poll conducted on behalf of private Alpha television station put ND first with 42.8-45.2 percent, and PASOK second with 34.8-36.6 percent, followed by KKE with 7.6-8.8 percent, SYN with 3.8-4.8 percent, and LAOS with 2.8-3.6 percent.
An ALCO exit poll conducted on behalf of Alter private tv station put ND first 41.5-44.5 percent, followed by PASOK with 34.3-37.3 percent, KKE with 8.0-9.4 percent, SYN with 4.4-5.4 percent, and LAOS with 3.4-4.4 percent.
A Metron Analysis exit poll conducted on behalf of Antenna private tv station put ND in the lead with 41.2-44.2 percent, followed by PASOK with 34.3-37.3 percent, KKE with 8.6-10.2 percent, SYN with 4.0-5.0 percent, and LAOS with 3.3-4.3 percent.
An OPINION exit poll conducted on behalf of Mega private tv station put ND first with 41.5-43.5 percent, followed by PASOK with 33.5-36.0 percent, KKE with 9.0-10.5 percent, SYN with 4.5-5.5 percent, and LAOS with 3.0-4.0 percent.
An exit poll for Star private tv station put ND in the lead with 42.0-44.0 percent, followed by PASOK with 32.5-34.5 percent, KKE with 8.5-9.5 percent, SYN with 4.0-4.8 percent, and LAOS with 2.8-3.5 percent.
“We thank the Greek people and the electorate for voting and supporting us once again,” main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou said as he emerged from his home in Kastri on Sunday, when he was asked to comment on the results of the exit polls that give ruling New Democracy a clear lead over PASOK in Sunday’s European elections. “PASOK is being renewed, PASOK is becoming stronger, PASOK is moving forward and I believe that we will soon once again have a majority movement through our reconstruction, so that we can once again vie for power in our country,” Papandreou added, before heading for the party’s headquarters in Harilaou Trikoupi Street.
AT THE POLLS
In Greece, President of the Republic Costis Stephanopoulos voted Sunday morning in his hometown of Patras, but declined making any comment after casting his ballot, saing only that “I have nothing to say, everything on the Euroelections was said by the political party leaders during the televised debate”.
Prime minister Costas Karamanlis voted in his constituency Thessaloniki. “We are struggling for a Europe that will have a strong and uniform voice, will effectively protect its borders, a Europe that ismore political, more social, and closer to its citizens, and within that new Europe we are working for a Greece of balanced development, of employment, a Greece of social justice, so that all the Greeks may enjoy the same level of prosperity and security as our other European co-citizens,” he said after casting his ballot.
Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou, after casting his ballot in Athens, said the day was a “celebration of democracy”.
“We are fighting for a European visition that puts the citizen, employment, a social Europe, an environmental Europe, a strong Europe, first,” he said, adding that “we want a Greece that knows how to win in Europe, and at the same time a Greece that changes while holding on to its traditions and values”.
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) secretary general Aleka Papariga, after casting her vote in Athens, wished a “good decision” to the “working people, and those who suffer”, so as to respond “to those who want us gutless, cowards, consenting, and subjugated to the counterfeit visions of competitiveness and fake convergence”.
Coalition of the Left (SYN) leader Nikos Constantopoulos, who also voted in Athens, called on the citizens to not be indifferent and to cast their vote. “We want the EU to change, with more democracy, with peace, more social policy, protection of the environment and the rights,” he said, adding that “what is needed is not for Europe to be dismantled or remain as it is today, but rather, we must fight for it to change”.
Parliament president Anna Benaki-Psarouda, after csting her vote in Athens, expressed the wish that the result of the European Parliament elections will put forward a strong Greece that wished to play an important role in Europe “because our future is intertwined with Europe and we must acquire power and have influence in this big and important organisation”.
Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyanni said that Greece, which was now one of the successful and established members of the EU, had the ability to participate decisively in the European affairs. “A new age is commencing for Europe, and Greece’s presence must be constant and successful,” she said.
Former prime minister and PASOK ex-leader Costas Simitis said after voting in the Exarchia district of Athens that “today, most of the European Parliament’s decisions also concern Greece and play a significant role in our economic and social life”. That was why “we are interested in who will represent us in the European organs, as Greece is present in all the procedures,” he said, and urged all the citizens to vote.
Former premier and ND honorary president Costas Mitsotakis, voting in Hania, Crete, expressed regret over the lack of citizens’ interest in the Euroelections.