Two of the candidates in New Democracy’s leadership race reacted to public surveys published in recent days that showed Apostolos Tzitzikostas holding a small lead.
A spokesman for Evangelos Meimarakis slammed the polls, which were published in Eleftheros Typos and Proto Thema newspapers, as “unreliable and anti-scientific” suggesting that they were designed to bolster the candidacy of the central Macedonia governor.
Both polls showed Meimarakis, who served as ND’s interim president following the departure of Antonis Samaras, on second place.
After a botched attempt to elect a new conservative president on November 22, the party has agreed to hold a new ballot later this month. The first round will be held on December 20. If none of the four candidates manages to win more than 50 percent of the vote on that date, a second ballot will be held on January 10, when the two leading hopefuls will fight it out.
All party members, including those that sign up on the actual voting day, will be able to cast a ballot.
In comments made on Mega TV, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is also running for the post, also said that the absence of a fixed electoral body meant that poll findings were not to be trusted.
Mitsotakis however said he was certain he would make it in the second round.