New Democracy calls off leadership vote due to IT problems


New Democracy has decided to call off the leadership election due to take place on Sunday as technical problems prevented conservative voters from casting their ballots in the morning.

The party’s electoral committee took the decision after IT complications meant the voting process could not begin. As a result, current leader Evangelos Meimarakis, who was the favorite to win the ballot, had asked for the election to be suspended.

Another of the four leadership candidates, Adonis Georgiadis referred to the failure as a “fiasco” and demanded the resignation of all the members of the electoral committee.

“This is not an image that honors New Democracy,” he added.

Another hopeful, Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the failure to hold the election “a black page in the history of New Democracy.”

Mitsotakis also called for ex-Education Minister Marietta Giannakou to take over as interim leader of the party until the elections are held.