Greek Interior Minister Yiannis Michelakis announced on Wednesday morning, that Greek local elections will take place on May 18 and 25. This means that the second day of Greek local elections will coincide with the elections of the European Parliament which have been set to take place May 22-25. Thus the Greek citizens are called to participate in double-elections.
In addition, the Greek Minister of Interior speaking earlier on Mega channel, underlined that there is going to be no changes to the voting system after PASOK denied any modifications, thus the forthcoming elections will be held under the current electoral system.
Meanwhile, the fact that the Greek local elections will coincide with the ones for the European Parliament caused a reaction from the major opposition party. The Coalition Party of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) in an announcement accused the Coalition Government of using tactical maneuvers in order to minimize the significance of the European Parliament’s elections. According to the party’s announcement: “The Greek government is in panic. This is obvious, as it plays with the dates on which the local elections and the elections for the European Parliament will be held. The Greek government moved the scheduled day of the local elections one week earlier from the date in which European Parliament’s elections are going to take place, by misinterpreting the Law.
The Greek coalition with this trick, hopes that the interest in the second round of the local elections will not be high, as the results in many municipalities would have been determined by the first round, thus the participation in the elections of the European Parliament will be low. SYRIZA’s announcement continues: “It is certain that the Greek government will do its utmost to minimize the significance of the election results of the European Parliament. However, the result of the elections will be a “shout” against the memorandum’s political powers.”