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New Democracy set for fresh attempt at electing leader

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New Democracy’s electoral committee is set to meet at lunchtime on Monday to decide how the party will deal with its failure to hold the first round of its leadership vote on Sunday.

The ballot was abandoned due to IT problems, prompting calls for the president of the electoral committee and its members to step down.

However, Kathimerini understands that the panel will probably assign the process of managing the electoral process to a different software company with the aim of holding the ballot on December 6 or 13. The firm is the same one that managed PASOK’s leadership election.

Sunday’s abortive attempt to hold the election has created a tense atmosphere within the party. One of the candidates, Central Macedonia Governor Apostolos Tzitzicostas, called for current leader Evangelos Meimarakis to assume responsibility for the failure and to resign.

He also appeared to suggest that there had been a deliberate attempt to prevent the vote from taking place. However, this accusation also came from the Meimarakis camp. “Who was afraid of the uniting Meimarakis candidacy,” said New Democracy’s Evripidis Stylianidis, who is supporting the current president.