Athens.- Greek NewsOnline, ANA-MPA
Some 9,922,294 registered Greek voters have a chance today to elect their representatives at the European Parliament, regional authorities, municipalities and communities at polling stations throughout Greece.
The 4,810,075 men and 5,112,219 women eligible to vote include 528,997 new voters who were either born in 2002 and will turn 17 during election year (106,760 people) or have turned 17 after 2015.
There are 40 parties and coalitions of parties vying for Greece’s 21 seats in the European Parliament, of which 14 have a full list of 42 candidates, for a total of 1,155 candidates. Greeks are also called upon to vote for 13 regional governors and 704 regional councillors, 332 mayors and 9,470 municipal councillors and 21,396 community councillors.
The results of the votes will be sent to the interior ministry, which will then post them on the website (https://ekloges.ypes.gr/) and send them to the media.
In a statement after exercising his right to vote, President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Sunday noted that these elections were a chance for Greeks to show that they were “consciously European” and supported its global role.
“At a time when the forces of populism and racism are openly and directly attacking the European edifice and attempting to demolish it, at a time when other peoples that have not had to make sacrifices are unfortunately ‘jumping ship’ from Europe and proving that they were travelling within it using flags of convenience, this is the time when we Greeks must prove through our verdict just how consciously European we are,” he said.
“[We must show] that we are determined to contribute, to the measure accorded to us, to the unification of Europe, so that Europe can play the role it should. Not just for its people but to play a creative, planetary role that is beneficial for all humanity,” he added.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Sunday cast his vote at his local polling station at the 1st Primary School in the Athens district of Kypseli, where he lives.
“Today is a beautiful day for Greece, a day of democracy,” the prime minister said, in a brief statement after casting his vote.
“The citizens are decided for the municipalities and regions, the representatives they will send to the European Parliament. It is, however, also a day of responsibility for the many, a day when it is the responsibility of each man and woman to defend the sacrifices and struggles of the Greek people,” he said.
“It is a day of responsibility when each man and woman must ratify, also approve and protect the economy’s course to recovery but also the support and relief measures for the social majority. To not leave any crack, any open back door for someone to take them back or question them the following day. Nobody, either within or outside the country,” Tsipras added.
“It is a time of responsibility for the many for the country’s present and future,” he said.
“This is the day when the citizens speak. I have absolute faith in their judgement,” main opposition New Democracy President Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday, immediately after exercising his right to vote in the Athens suburb of Kifissia.
“I am certain that a bright new day will dawn for Greece tomorrow,” Mitsotakis added.
The main opposition leader said he was glad to see a good turnout and participation in the election process, thanking the members of the committees and judicial representatives “supporting the democratic procedure of elections.”