Greek local elections, 2010

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The ballot boxes for the 2010 elections: for the regions (left) and the municipalities (right)
The new administrative division of Greece. Each region is assigned a different colour.

The 2010 Greek local elections were held on 7 November 2010 (first round) and 14 November 2010 (second round) to elect representatives to Greece's restructured local authorities, comprising 13 regions and 325 municipalities.

Background[edit]

Traditionally, candidates at local elections do not run under the official name of any party as the constitution only foresees the participation of electoral lists (or "combinations") and not parties. Despite this theoretical independence and distinction, for all practical purposes most candidates run as local front organisations for political parties.[1]

The election also comes at a time of increasing unrest in Greece following numerous bombs being sent to foreign embassies,[2] as well protests against austerity measures forced by the EU and IMF in order for Greece to receive external financial support.

Issues[edit]

With the economy being touted as the mandate sought in the election Prime Minister George Papandreou said he would dissolve the national parliament should the candidates of his Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) fail to win an unspecified threshold. "Citizens will decide in today's election if we will hold steady on the path of salvation... or if we will go back to decay and to the Greece of bankruptcy."[3]

Election results[edit]

Major municipalities[edit]

In the municipalities, as well as the regions, any candidate can participate in the 1st round. If the leading candidate doesn't have the required 50%+1 of the votes, then a second round is held between the two leading candidates of the 1st round.

Athens[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st round % 2nd round % Seats
Georgios Kaminis      Panhellenic Socialist Movement -     Ecologist Greens -     Democratic Left-     Portokali (Drasi & Liberal Alliance) 28.28 51.95 29
Nikitas Kaklamanis      New Democracy -     Popular Orthodox Rally 34.97 48.05 11
Nikolaos Sofianos      Communist Party of Greece 13.74 3
Georgios Amyras      Independent 7.37 2
Eleni Portaliou      Coalition of Radical Left 5.8 2
Nikolaos Michaloliakos      Golden Dawn 5.29 1
Petros Konstantinou      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 2.87 1
Michail Iliadis      Koinonia 1.68 -

Thessaloniki[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round % 2nd Round % Seats
Ioannis Boutaris      Panhellenic Socialist Movement -     Democratic Left-     Drasi 33.58 50.16 29
Konstantinos Gioulekas      New Democracy 37.91 49.84 13
Sotirios Zarianopoulos      Communist Party of Greece 9.5 2
Stelios Papathemelis      Independent 6.04 2
Triantafyllos Mitafidis      Coalition of Radical Left 3.67 1
Armodios Stergiou      Popular Orthodox Rally 3.58 1
Christos Matis      Ecologist Greens 3.45 1
Zisis Klisiaris      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 1.28 -
Konstantinos Vasilikos      Golden Dawn 1.0 -

Heraklion[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round % 2nd Round % Seats
Ioannis Kourakis      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 71.82 35
Emmanouil Sintichakis      Communist Party of Greece 12.13 6
Anastasios Iliadakis      Independent 9.55 5
Konstantinos Kabitakis      Coalition of Radical Left &      Ecologist Greens 6.5 3

Patras[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round % 2nd Round % Seats
Ioannis Dimaras      Coalition of Radical Left -     Democratic Left 21.13 53.63 29
Dimitrios Katsikopoulos      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 35.07 46.37 9
Konstantinos Christopoulos      New Democracy 17.7 4
Konstantinos Peletidis      Communist Party of Greece 16.52 4
Christos Patouchas      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 4.48 1
Andreas Tzouramanis      Independent 2.64 1
Dimitrios Aivalis      Independent 2.46 1

Piraeus[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round % 2nd Round % Seats
Vasilios Michaloliakos      New Democracy 23.08 51.76 29
Ioannis Michas      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 29.61 48.24 8
Petros Mantouvalos      Popular Orthodox Rally 18.73 5
Elpida Pantelaki      Communist Party of Greece 14.77 4
List of candidates entitled "Alliance for Piraeus"      Coalition of Radical Left -     Democratic Left -     Ecologist Greens 7.58 2
Antonios Kalogerogiannos      Independent 3.44 1
Athanasios Diavolakis      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 2.71 -

Peristeri[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round % 2nd Round % Seats
Andreas Pachatouridis      Independent 49.76 65.62 27
Dimitrios Kelafas      Democratic Left 14.54 34.38 9
Konstantinos Lalenis      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 12.62 3
Grigoris Timplalexis      Communist Party of Greece 12.54 3
Sofia Alexopoulou      Coalition of Radical Left 3.85 1
Athanasios Vathiotis      Independent 3.73 1
Antonia Athanasopoulou      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 2.96 1

Regions[edit]

Source: Hellenic Ministry of the Interior

Attica[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Ioannis Sgouros      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 342,555 24.05 12 522,838 52.87 49 61
Vasileios Kikilias      New Democracy 292,113 20.44 11 466,134 47.13 1 12
Ioannis Dimaras      Independent † 227,314 15.96 8 8
Thanasis Pafilis      Communist Party of Greece 205,742 14.45 8 8
Adonis Georgiadis      Popular Orthodox Rally 93,580 6.57 3 3
Alexios Mitropoulos      Coalition of Radical Left § 88,703 6.28 3 3
Konstantinos Diakos      Ecologist Greens 57,528 4.04 2 2
Grigoris Psarianos      Democratic Left 54,248 3.81 2 2
Aggelos Hagios      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 32,547 2.29 1 1
Alekos Alavanos      Independent ‡ 30,816 2.16 1 1

Notes:
† Ioannis Dimaras was elected a parliament member with Panhellenic Socialist Movement in the National Elections of 2009.

§ Alexios Mitropoulos is a member of the National Council of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement.

‡ Alekos Alavanos is a prominent member of the Coalition of Radical Left, and although his party didn't support him officially, some fractions such as KOE, DEA and KEDA did.

Central Greece[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Klearchos Pergantas      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 126,020 39.02 10 130,189 52.93 21 31
Athanasios Cheimaras      New Democracy 116,399 35.2 9 115,766 47.07 4 13
Georgios Marinos      Communist Party of Greece 35,954 10.87 3 3
Nikolaos Papandreou      Popular Orthodox Rally 26,324 7.96 2 2
Nikolaos Stoupis      Coalition of Radical Left 12,319 3.7 1 1
Despoina Spanoudi      Ecologist Greens-     Democratic Left 10,753 3.25 1 1

Central Macedonia[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Panagiotis Psomiadis New Democracy 421,859 43.19 16 406,890 52.56 27 43
Markos Bolaris Panhellenic Socialist Movement 299,633 30.68 11 367,272 47.44 8 19
Theodosios Konstantinidis Communist Party of Greece 88,739 9.09 3 3
Kyriakos Velopoulos Popular Orthodox Rally 64,236 6.58 2 2
Anastasios Kourakis Coalition of Radical Left 35,536 3.64 1 1
Michael Tremopoulos Ecologist Greens 30,358 3.11 1 1
Asimina Xyrotyri-Asimaki Democratic Left 19,724 2.02 1 1
Ioannis Koutras Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 16,644 1.70 1 1

Crete[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats
Stavros Arnaoutakis      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 165,726 50.3 31
Dimitrios Giannoulakis      Independent † 57,735 17.52 7
Ioannis Plakiotakis      New Democracy 49,025 14.88 6
Stylianos Orfanos      Communist Party of Greece 22,863 6.93 3
Georgios Stathakis      Coalition of Radical Left 16,224 4.92 2
Antonios Anipsitakis      Ecologist Greens-     Democratic Left 12,616 3.83 1
Serafeim Rizos      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 5,302 1.61 1

Notes:
† Dimitrios Giannoulakis was independent at the time of the elections, but was supported by Dora Bakoyannis and is closely related to her newly founded Democratic Alliance party

Eastern Macedonia and Thrace[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Aristeidis Giannakidis      Panhellenic Socialist Movement 150,257 41.75 11 158,262 51.49 20 31
Georgios Pavlidis      New Democracy 147,845 41.08 11 149,101 48,51 5 16
Christos Trellis      Communist Party of Greece 27,852 7.74 2 2
Dimitris Charitou      Coalition of the Radical Left 16,609 4.62 1 1
Athanasios Makris      Ecologist Greens 10,787 3.00 1 1
Georgios Botsidis      Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 6,523 1.81 - -

Epirus[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Alexandros Kachrimanis New Democracy & Popular Orthodox Rally 100,465 44.76 12 97,667 55.04 19 31
Evangelos Argyris Panhellenic Socialist Movement 86,893 38.7 10 79,775 44.96 6 16
Konstantinos Konstantis Communist Party of Greece 18,766 8.36 2 2
Ioannis Papadimitriou Coalition of Radical Left 8,054 3.59 1 1
Nikolos Zikos Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 5,915 2.63 1 1
Georgios Zapsas Ecologist Greens-Democratic Left 4,407 1.96 - -

Ionian Islands[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Spyridon Spyrou New Democracy 34,302 30.4 6 43,330 50.80 19 25
Ilias Beriatos Panhellenic Socialist Movement 28,832 25.55 5 41,966 49.20 1 6
Giorgos Kaloudis Independent 22.290 19.76 4 4
Theodoros Goulis Communist Party of Greece 17,226 15.3 3 3
Theodoros Galatsiatos Coalition of Radical Left & Ecologist Greens 4,940 4.38 1 1
Sotirios Vlachos Democratic Left 2,691 2.39 1 1
Antonia Lachanioti Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 2,509 2.22 1 1

North Aegean[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st round  % Seats 2nd round  % Seats Total seats
Athanasios Giakalis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 38,952 36.32 8 43,151 50.77 17 25
Pavlos Vogiatzis New Democracy & Popular Orthodox Rally 41,054 38.28 8 41,842 49.23 3 11
Efstratios Korakas Communist Party of Greece 16,877 15.74 3 3
Vasileios Tentomas Coalition of Radical Left 4,517 4.21 1 1
Ilias Gianniris Ecologist Greens 3,453 3.22 1 1
Ignatios Tsirpelis Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 2,393 2.23 - -

Peloponnese[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Petros Tatoulis Panhellenic Socialist Movement & Popular Orthodox Rally 157,597 41.71 11 156,960 52.53 20 31
Dimitrios Drakos New Democracy 154,691 40.94 11 141,863 47.47 5 16
Nikolaos Gontikas Communist Party of Greece 25,669 6.79 2 2
Athanasios Petrakos Coalition of Radical Left 14,835 3.93 2 2
Lambros Bouklis Ecologist Greens 7,212 1.91 1 1
Panagiotis Katsaris Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 6,443 1.71 - -
Georgios Tsogas Democratic Left 5,920 1.57 - -
Theodoros Sabaziotis Golden Dawn 5,468 1.45 - -

South Aegean[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st round  % Seats
Ioannis Machairidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 86,735 50.9 31
Charalambos Kokkinos New Democracy 52,973 31.08 13
Efthalia Kafantari Communist Party of Greece 15,401 9.04 4
Nikolaos Syrmalenios Coalition of Radical Left 8,751 5.14 2
Nikolaos Chrysogelos Ecologist Greens 6,558 3.85 1

Thessaly[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Konstantinos Agorastos New Democracy 170,323 38.59 10 174,134 50.56 21 31
Apostolos Papatolias Panhellenic Socialist Movement 153,821 34.85 9 170,273 49.44 4 13
Evangelos Boutas Communist Party of Greece 57,831 13.1 3
Asterios Rondoulis Popular Orthodox Rally 19,592 4.44 1
Konstantinos Poulakis Coalition of Radical Left 13,571 3.08 1
Dimitrios Kouretas Ecologist Greens 12,015 2.72 1
Theofanis Genikomsiou Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 7,444 1.69 1
Athanasios Zacharopoulos Democratic Left 6,720 1.52 -

West Greece[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Apostolos Katsifaras Panhellenic Socialist Movement 169,002 43.32 11 142,891 56.63 20 31
Georgios Papanastasiou New Democracy 104,148 26.7 7 109,418 43.37 5 12
Nikolaos Karathanasopoulos Communist Party of Greece 43,455 11.14 3 3
Konstantinos Papakonstantinou Ecologist Greens 15,969 4.09 1 1
Nikolaos Tsoukalis Democratic Left 15,077 3.86 1 1
Vasilis Chatzilambrou Coalition of Radical Left 14,415 3.7 1 1
Alexandros Chrysanthakopoulos Popular Orthodox Rally 11.842 3.04 1 1
Dimitrios Desyllas Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 8,892 2.28 1 1
Christos Rigas Golden Dawn 7,318 1.88 - -

West Macedonia[edit]

Candidate Supporting Party 1st Round  % Seats 2nd Round  % Seats Total seats
Konstantinos Dakis New Democracy 89,273 46.3 12 79,216 51.81 19 31
Ioannis Papaiordanidis Panhellenic Socialist Movement 74,050 38.4 10 73,675 48.19 6 16
Antonios Tsakonas Communist Party of Greece 15,851 8.22 2 2
Antonis Kyrinas Coalition of Radical Left & Ecologists Greens 6,283 3.26 1 1
Pavlos Altinis Popular Orthodox Rally 4,619 2.4 1 1
Spyridon Konstantinidis Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 2,755 1.43 - -

National summary[edit]

Councils and Councillors of the regions[edit]

Party Councils Councillors
Gain Loss Change Total Gain Loss Change Total
PASOK 7 n/a n/a 7 342 n/a n/a 342
ND 3 n/a n/a 3 180 n/a n/a 180
New Democracy/
Popular Orthodox Rally
2 n/a n/a 2 80 n/a n/a 80
Panhellenic Socialist Movement/
Popular Orthodox Rally
1 n/a n/a 1 31 n/a n/a 31
KKE 0 n/a n/a 0 42 n/a n/a 42
SYRIZA 0 n/a n/a 0 15 n/a n/a 15
LAOS 0 n/a n/a 0 10 n/a n/a 10
Ecologist Greens 0 n/a n/a 0 9 n/a n/a 9
Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 0 n/a n/a 0 7 n/a n/a 7
DIMAR 0 n/a n/a 0 5 n/a n/a 5
Coalition of Radical Left
Ecologist Greens
0 n/a n/a 0 2 n/a n/a 2
Ecologist Greens/
Democratic Left
0 n/a n/a 0 2 n/a n/a 2
Summary 13 725

Nationwide percentage results[edit]

Party Nationwide
results
Change from the
2009 parliamentary elections
PASOK 34.7 -9.3
ND 32.8 -0.7
KKE 10.9 +3.4
SYRIZA 5.0 +0.4
LAOS 4.0 -1.6
Ecologist Greens 2.8 +0.3
DIMAR 2.2 +2.2
Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 1.8 +1.4
All others 5.9

Reaction[edit]

The government saw its share of vote drop by 9% but it remained the largest party. Prime Minister George Papandreou said that he would continue with tough austerity measures to alleviate Greece's debt burden following a narrow victory in the election.[4]

References[edit]