submitted by George Poulos on 21.09.2015
Greek National elections - 20th September, 2015.
What a "buzz" that was.
But what an extraordinary system that operates in Greece.
I was handed the same sized pamphlet for every party. About 19 in total.
Most of the forms were placed in the garbage after use.
My immediate thought was why don't European countries adopt a preferential voting system ala Australia?
The September 2015 Greek legislative election was held on Sunday, 20 September, following Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' announced resignation on 20 August. At stake were all 300 seats in the Hellenic Parliament. This was a snap election, the fourth since 2009, since new elections were not due until February 2019.
The election resulted in an unexpectedly-large victory for Alexis Tsipras' Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), which fell 6 seats short of an absolute majority and was able to reedit its coalition government with the right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL). Opposition center-right New Democracy (ND) remained stagnant at 28% and 75 seats, despite pre-election opinion polls predicting a tie with Syriza or even opening the possibility of a ND government. Far-right Golden Dawn (XA) remained the third political force in the country with 7%, while the PASOK-DIMAR coalition rose to 4th place nationally, as a result of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) failure to increase its vote tally and Potami's collapse. The centrist EK entered Parliament for the first time in history, while Syriza-split group Popular Unity fell short of the required 3% threshold and did not won parliamentary representation.
Turnout was exceptionally low at 56.6%, the lowest ever recorded in a Greek legislative election.
Official results released by the Interior Ministry with 99.53% of votes counted:
SYRIZA 35.47% (145 seats)
New Democracy 28.09% (75 seats)
Golden Dawn 6.99% (18 seats)
Democratic Group (PASOK-DIMAR) 6.28% (17 seats)
Greek Communist Party (KKE) 5.55% (15 seats)
Potami 4.09% (11 seats)
Independent Greeks ANEL 3.69% (10 seats)
Centrists Union 3.43% (9 seats)
My ancestors are from villages around Sparta. One of my cousins told me that our Zarafonitis family...
The Kavezos family were from the Village of Zaglanikianika on Kythira. The last Kavezos(Anastasios Ioannou Kavezos) on...
Visting the land of my Grandfather, Nicholas Jerome Kasimatis (b. 1890) on 4 July 2017. Having a drink at Arachtopōleio...
Best medical solutions offered by the nursing homes in Minnesota are always accessible easily online. You can...
About 5 minutes into the program Ada Margariti, who is an Attorney at Law, speaks about how she came to...
Interviewed during his visit to Australia, 2013.
August 17, 2010
103.2 HOPE - radio station
You’ve heard of PhDs in science, medicine and education but have you...
great initiative from Mr.Peter Manea [ middle ] from sydney who from his own doing and costings is placing a...
funny who you can find walking the streets in the villages of kythera , here rugby league legend peter wynn...
19.01.2018 (Message Board)
27.12.2017 (Message Board)
04.12.2017 (Message Board)
01.12.2017 (Message Board)
I am an academic and doing research on the Greek aliens in Australia from 1916. My grandfather...