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Startling Abstention Rate for Greek Voters

For yet another electoral battle in Greece it was determined that: "None of the above proved the clear winner; four in 10 disenchanted voters preferred to stay home on election Sunday rather than head for the polling booths to...

Foreign Media: Tsipras and Abstention Win in Greek Election

“The left-wing SYRIZA party is set to return to power in Greece, general election exit polls indicated on Sunday,” noted the Guardian’s correspondent in Greece, Helena Smith. She also added that the leading party’s supporters had gathered in central...

Turnout in Greek General Elections Lowest Since 1974

Turnout in Sunday's Greek election reached a new low as according to preliminary estimates abstention reached a record-breaking 44 percent. If confirmed, it will be the highest voter abstention rate in parliamentary elections in Greece since 1974. It was higher than...

Greece's Conservative Party Wins in Landslide

Greeks voted on Sunday to turn a page in the country's politics by ousting leftist PM Alexis Tsipras and voting overwhelmingly for the conservative opposition New Democracy (ND) led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis. With almost 80 percent of the votes counted,...

Greek European Elections a Litmus Test for PM Tsipras

As Greece heads for the polls this coming Sunday to elect its representatives to the European Parliament, the question is not who will win, but by how much. The bellwether EU plebiscite is held in parallel with Greek municipal and...

OPINION: Casting a Blank Vote Could Change Face of Democracy

Preamble Following the results of several elections in western democracies, they reveal alarming matters and raise serious questions: (a) if in fact, modern democracy actually represents the people and (b) if those elected governments do actually listen to the wishes...

Greek Civil Servants Boycott Evaluation Process

Public sector employees have refused to cooperate in the evaluation of their performance, as the deadline for the completion of the process expired on Tuesday. According to estimates, the abstention rate was around 70%, while ADEDY –the union representing public...

Cyprus – Is the Honeymoon Over?

The parliamentary election results in Cyprus have shaken the political system to its foundations and things will never be the same again. A Revolution of the Mind has finally begun and citizens dare to stand up and take action against...

Greek Elections: Official Final Results

The Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) has won its second parliamentary elections in eight months having garnered 35.47 percent of the Greek vote and 145 parliament seats on Sunday. The New Democracy conservatives came in second with 28.09 percent...

Voter Turnout in Greek Elections Drops to New Historic Low: Infographic

SYRIZA and its leader Alexis Tsipras may have been Sunday's big election winners, but one of the facts that stands out about this election is the unprecedented abstention rate. With 90% of the votes counted, 43.55% of Greeks who were...

Cyprus Euro Ballot Notable For Its Absences

Cyprus elected its six MEPs without political surprise Sunday night, but only 44% of voters turned out, bringing the abstention rate to an unprecedented 56%. However, as many as 37,000 Turkish Cypriots were left out of the ballot due to supposed bureaucratic failings. Nevertheless, Republic of...

Greek Elections Turnoff: Voters Stay Home

Suppose they gave an election and nobody came? That's almost what it was like in the first round of Greek municipal elections on May 18 when voters, apparently turned off by politics, bickering, blame games, finger pointing and crushing...

Greece: 30,000 Deceased Still on Voting List

The high abstention rate is not the only problem in Greek elections, but at least the 30,000 dead people still on the voting lists have a valid excuse. According to the Ministry of Interior, although 70,000 people died between May and December...

Greek Election: The Next Day for Greece

The closely-watched June 17th elections in Greece brought a sigh of relief to financial markets and political commentators worldwide. Growing up in Greece, never could I have imagined that the small country of 11 million people could be at...

Apokries: Carnival Season Kicks Off in Greece

The carnival season, or "Apokries," has arrived once again in Greece, and cities and towns throughout the country are now preparing for a full slate of colorful festivities during the three-week-long celebrations. Apokries culminates on the weekend before "Kathara Deftera,"...