Sunday November 23, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
18o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Tsipras asks for answers on European elections

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras asked the government Tuesday to clarify whether it is planning to hold European Parliament elections on May 18, when the first round of local polls will take place, or on May 25, when the second round of voting in municipalities and regions is due.

The government recently suggested that it would choose the second option, which SYRIZA believes would be in contravention of the law and would add about 50 million euros to the cost of holding the polls in May. Submitting a question to Parliament, Tsipras labeled such plans anti-democratic and illegal.

The Kallikratis law, which saw local government overhauled in 2010, stipulates that local officials should be elected on the same day that European elections are held. Tsipras argued that this means the European Parliament vote must take place on May 18 as local elections since 2002 show that about 60 percent of candidates are elected in the first round of polling.

He added that holding the European Parliament elections on the second Sunday, May 25, would mean ballot boxes being set up at every polling station in Greece for two weekends in a row, which would double the cost of the elections.

SYRIZA has suggested the government wants to hold the European Parliament elections on May 25 as the turnout will be lower then, possibly damaging the leftist partys hopes and helping the coalition.

Speaking in Brussels Tuesday, PASOK leader and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos said Greeks would be faced with a stark choice in May. Greeks have to decide whether to choose a difficult plan that is nearing its end or an unknown plan that will take us back beyond square one, he said.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday Jan 21, 2014 (20:52)  
Cyprus on agenda in Biden visit to Istanbul
PASOK nixes Papandreou leadership challenge
Troika tests govt nerves as budget rift persists
Climate change to hit farming, Greek coastline
Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
Fitch Ratings retained Greeces sovereign credit rating at B and its outlook as stable late on Friday but warned of a downgrade should snap elections prove inconclusive or negotiations wit...
More cash for banks with same papers
Greek banks will be able to draw additional liquidity from the European Central Bank after Frankfurt issued a guideline on Friday that revises the haircut applying to securities issued or ...
Inside Business
INTERVIEW
Tokyo hopes to change the world
The 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will serve as a springboard for the rebuilding of Japans image and economy following the triple blow of the earthquake, tsunami and nuc...
BASKETBALL
Big win for Greens, tight one for Reds
Panathinaikos scored a crucial as well as emphatic away win at Turow on Thursday that should see it qualify from its tough group to the top 16 of the Euroleague, while Olympiakos saw off vis...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Extremism from a bygone era
There are times when we seem to be overcome by self-destructive madness. I hear various commentators and politicians speaking in extreme terms of a junta, of defections, gallows, collaborato...
EDITORIAL
No call for more games
Psychological warfare has been a part of the negotiations between the troika and Athens from the very start of the crisis. But the situation is much different now and troika decision-makers ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Cyprus on agenda in Biden visit to Istanbul
2. PASOK nixes Papandreou leadership challenge
3. Troika tests govt nerves as budget rift persists
4. Climate change to hit farming, Greek coastline
5. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
6. London court to rule on extradition of former judge
more news
Today
This Week
1. Extremism from a bygone era
2. No call for more games
3. PASOK nixes Papandreou leadership challenge
4. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
5. Climate change to hit farming, Greek coastline
6. Fitch keeps Greek rating at B, outlook stable
Today
This Week
1. Double quake on Atalanti fault line rattles Greek capital [Update]
2. Greece and Poland switch roles as young Greeks head to vibrant Eastern European country for better prospects
3. Anti-junta uprising anniversary to be marked amid tight security
4. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
5. Carlsberg takes control of Greek brewer Olympic Brewery [Update]
6. Every age has its collaborators
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.