Polls Open in Greece’s Elections

Some 9.8 million voters are registered to elect the deputies of the next Greek parliament. Of this number, 400,000 are first-time voters.

Greeks residing abroad and registered in the special foreign electoral rolls exercised their right to vote on Saturday, in the electoral districts in 35 countries.

Those eligible to vote must have turned 17 within 2023 and be registered in the municipal electoral rolls.

According to the Constitution, exercising the right to vote is mandatory for all, barring those above 70, persons who are not in the country on the day of the elections and those unable to travel due to ill health and those who have registered to vote outside their municipality but have no polling station to cast their vote because the minimum of 40 voters is lacking.

While opinion polls have placed Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s ruling conservative New Democracy party ahead, it is unlikely to win an absolute majority.

If no party wins, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou will give the three major parties a three-day mandate for each party to form a government, and if they fail to reach an agreement, the president will appoint a transitional government that will lead the country to new elections in about a month.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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