Local elections will test ruling coalition today


Around 9.8 million Greek voters will head to the polls today to vote for 13 regional and 325 municipal legislatures.

The election will take place using a list system, but strictly speaking the lists are not supposed to be party political. Nevertheless each party supports a list and as such the election will help to gauge the position of the parties mid-way through the parliamentary term.

Many opinion polls are showing the left wing Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza) as in the lead and in one case by as much as 10% in the lead. However the ruling centre-right New Democracy (ND) and its coalition partner the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) are hopeful of retaining most seats.

There will be a second round of voting on 25th May, coinciding with the European Elections polling day in the country and Syriza hopes and expects to be in a large number of the run-offs during that vote.

There are 46 registered political parties getting involved in the elections. A new party, To Potami (The River) led by respected journalist Stavros Theodorakis and established only a few weeks ago has already recorded 6% support in local opinion polls.

Voters will vote at 22,584 polling stations nationwide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time and will be choosing from around 50,000 candidates. The first results are expected around 11 p.m. local time.

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