It is official. Next Greek elections will take place on June 17th 2012. The Parliament is set to convey again on June 28th, according to a Presidential Degree published on Saturday morning at 9 am. With the Presidential Degree the Parliament is being dissolved.
As the elections are considered ‘repeat elections’ voters will not have to mark with a cross the names of candidates. They will be elected according to lists set by party leaders.
The first party to emerge from elections gets a 50-seats bonus. Parties registered as coalitions cannot receive this bonus, unless they get double rates from the first registered party. Example if nea Dimocratia gets 30% of the votes, SYRIZA will have to get 60% to be granted the 50-seats bonus. SYRIZA considers to be registered as a party for June-17 elections.
May-6 elections produced no majority for any political party, 10-day long talks to form a coalition government failed.
June-17 elections are considered as the most crucial elections after the end of military dictatorship in 1974.
With anti-bailout left-wing SYRIZA having emerged second during the May-6 elections, pressure against Greek voters is high with Greece’s lenders threatening with euro exit.
PS Only general elections. No euro-referendum. OK?