European Parliament election, 2009 (Greece)

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Greek European Parliament election, 2009
Greece
2004 ←
7 June 2009 → 2014

22 seats to the European Parliament
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Γεώργιος Παπανδρέου.jpg Kostas Karamanlis.jpg Aleka Papariga - Crop.jpg
Leader George Papandreou Kostas Karamanlis Aleka Papariga
Party PASOK ND KKE
Alliance S&D EPP EUL–NGL
Last election 34.03%, 8 seats 43.01%, 11 seats 9.48%, 3 seats
Seats won 8 8 2
Seat change 0 Decrease3 Decrease1
Popular vote 1,878,859 1,655,636 428,283
Percentage 36.64% 32.29% 8.35%
Swing Increase2.61% Decrease10.72% Decrease1.13%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  GeorgiosKaratzaferis.jpg Alexis Tsipras Komotini cropped.jpg  
Leader Georgios Karatzaferis Alexis Tsipras 6-member committee
Party LAOS SYRIZA Ecologist Greens
Alliance EFD EUL–NGL Greens–EFA
Last election 4.12%, 1 seat 4.16%, 1 seat 0.67%, 0 seats
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change Increase1 0 Increase1
Popular vote 366,615 240,898 178,964
Percentage 7.14% 4.70% 3.49
Swing Increase3.02% Increase0.54% Increase2.88
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The European Parliament election of 2009 in Greece for the election of the delegation from Greece to the European Parliament in 2009 took place on June 7, 2009. The election system used in Greece is party-list proportional representation with a 3% threshold for any party. The number of seats allocated to Greece declined from 24 to 22, as a result of new member states joining the European Union (EU). Consistent with EU-wide rules, Greek citizens resident in another of the 26-member states were permitted to vote in the place where they currently reside.

Participating parties[edit]

On 24 May, the Greek Court of Cassation, the country's supreme court, accepted the applications of 27 of the 33 parties which applied to contest the elections.

The court banned six parties from participating:

  • Alternative Ecologists
  • Party of Responsible Citizenship (Κόμμα του υπεύθυνου πολίτη)[1]
  • Dimokratiki[2]
  • Party of Uprising Pensioners of Greece (Κομματικός Ξεσηκωμός Συνταξιούχων Ελλάδας)
  • Panagriarian Workers Movement (Παναγροτικό Εργατικό Κίνημα)
  • Political Greek-European Animal-Loving Movement (Πολιτικό Ελληνοευρωπαϊκό Φιλοζωικό Κίνημα)
  • Animal-Loving Ecologists of Greece (Οικολόγοι Ζωόφιλοι Ελλάδος)

In addition, the court ruled that the following parties could not participate as part of the Coalition of the Radical Left:

A judicial dispute ensued, when Drasi filed a petition before the Council of State to annul the ministerial decision, through which the time for political advertising spots on the radio and television would be allocated, since it disproportionately favored established parties. A preliminary ruling sent the dispute to the Council of State's plenary session, which will hear the petition for annulment on September 25, 2009.

Opinion polls[edit]

Source Date PASOK ND SYRIZA KKE LAOS EcoGreens Undecided and others
RASS 09-03-09 32.1 29.6 7.9 7.1 5.1 3.2 -
VPRC 09-04-00 37 34 8.5 8 4.5 5 3
MATN 09-05-04 36.4 33.6 7.9 9.1 5.4 6.3 1.3
Focus 09-05-10 31.7 29.6 6.4 7.5 4.7 4.2 3.3
PulseRC 09-05-10 31 28 5.6 6.6 4.4 4.8 2
Marc 09-05-10 31.8 28.6 6.2 8.1 4.3 4.8 2
ALCO 09-05-10 30.2 26.5 5.3 7.8 4 3.5 2.9
Barometer 09-05-10 28 23.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 4 1
Public Issue 09-05-18 34 28 6 5.5 5 7 -
Alco 09-05-18 30.2 26.1 4.2 6.4 3.6 5.7 -
VPRC 09-05-20 37.5 32 6.5 8 5 7.5 -
MRB/Eleftheros Typos 09-05-24 29.2 26.4 6.6 6.2 4.6 6.2 5.1
Kappa/Aggelioforos 09-05-24 31.5 28.4 7.3 5.3 4.4 8.1 5.1
GPO 09-05-26 30 26.3 7 6 6 8.5
Metron 09-05-26 27.3 23.5 7.2 4.9 4.5 7.9
Public Issue/Kathimerini 09-05-27 33 28.5 5 5.5 4.5 8.5 15

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 7 June 2009 European Parliament election results
Party Leader(s) Party group Votes  % +/– Seats +/–
Panhellenic Socialist Movement George Papandreou PES 1,878,859 36.64 +2.61
8 / 22
0 Steady
New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis EPP-ED 1,655,636 32.29 -10.72
8 / 22
3 Decrease
Communist Party Aleka Papariga EUL–NGL 428,283 8.35 -1.13
2 / 22
1 Decrease
Popular Orthodox Rally Georgios Karatzaferis IND/DEM 366,615 7.14 +3.02
2 / 22
1 Increase
Coalition of the Radical Left[A] Alekos Alavanos EUL–NGL 240,898 4.70 +0.54
1 / 22
0 Steady
Ecologist Greens Six-member committee Greens–EFA 178,964 3.49 +2.88
1 / 22
1 Increase
Panhellenic Macedonian Front Stelios Papathemelis 65,177 1.27
0 / 22
0 Steady
Party of Greek Hunters Giorgos Tsagkanelias 64,782 1.27
0 / 22
0 Steady
Action Stefanos Manos et al. 38,895 0.76
0 / 22
0 Steady
Ecologists Greece K. Papanikolas 33,236 0.65
0 / 22
0 Steady
Greek Ecologists Dimosthenis Vergis 31,188 0.61 +0.07
0 / 22
0 Steady
Popular Union-Chrysi Avyi Nikolaos Michaloliakos 23,566 0.46
0 / 22
0 Steady
Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 13-member committee 21,951 0.43
0 / 22
0 Steady
Union of Centrists Vassilis Leventis 19,660 0.38 –0.18
0 / 22
0 Steady
Marxist–Leninist Communist Party A. Papadopoulous et al. 13,142 0.26 –0.09
0 / 22
0 Steady
Popular Unions of Bipartisan Social Groups Kostas Dalios 10,572 0.21
0 / 22
0 Steady
Communion Emmanouil Voloudakis 7,964 0.16
0 / 22
0 Steady
Hellenic Direct Democracy Movement Giorgos Kokkas 7,916 0.15
0 / 22
0 Steady
Liberal PartyLibertas.eu Manolis Kaligiannis Libertas.eu 6,485 0.13
0 / 22
0 Steady
Youth Party Kyriakos Topsoglou 6,224 0.12
0 / 22
0 Steady
Workers Revolutionary Party Sabetai Matsas 6,048 0.12
0 / 22
0 Steady
Fighting Socialist Party Nikos Kargopoulos et al. 5,624 0.11 –0.09
0 / 22
0 Steady
European Free Alliance–Rainbow S. Anastasiadis EFA 4,530 0.09 –0.01
0 / 22
0 Steady
Liberal Alliance Fotis Perlikos ALDE 4,348 0.08
0 / 22
0 Steady
Greek Unity Vasileios Protopapas 3,105 0.06
0 / 22
0 Steady
Organization for the Reconstruction of the Communist Party of Greece Ilias Zafiropoulos et al. 2,807 0.05 –0.03
0 / 22
0 Steady
Patriotic Humanitarian Movement Georgios Dontas 762 0.01
0 / 22
0 Steady
Valid votes 5,127,237 97.46
Invalid votes 72,791 1.38
Blank votes 61,008 1.16
Totals 5,261,036 100.00 22
Electorate and voter turnout 9,995,992 52.63
Source: Ministry of the Interior, Public Administration, and Decentralization, with all precincts reporting as of 05:17, 12 December 2009 (UTC).
Notes
A The results of the Coalition of the Radical Left are compared with the 2004 results of Coalition of the Left of Movements and Ecology.
Popular vote
PASOK
  
36.64%
ND
  
32.29%
KKE
  
8.35%
LAOS
  
7.15%
SYRIZA
  
4.70%
OP
  
3.49%
PAMME
  
1.27%
KEK
  
1.26%
Others
  
4.84%

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