2019 Greek legislative election
All 300 seats in the Hellenic Parliament
151 seats needed for a majority
Preliminary results showed that the centre-right liberal conservative New Democracy party, led by Kyriakos Mitsotakis, won 158 seats, an outright majority that is more than double the party's previous representation. The party took nearly 40% of the popular vote.
This was the first national election in Greece and third election overall since the voting age was lowered to 17, and the number of parliamentary constituencies was increased from 56 to 59. Athens B, the largest constituency before the 2018 reform, with 44 seats, was broken up into smaller constituencies, the largest of which has 18 seats.
On 26 May 2019, following his defeat in the 2019 European Parliament election in Greece and the concurrent local elections, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that a snap election would be held as soon as possible following the second round of the 2019 municipal elections.
A number of changes to the electoral system were introduced following the September 2015 elections. The voting age was reduced from 18 to 17 in July 2016, with the same law also abolishing the majority bonus system, which gave a 50-seat bonus to the largest party. Instead, all 300 seats would be awarded proportionally. However, this law did not come into effect for the 2019 elections, as it was not approved with the required supermajority despite the Syriza-led government expressing support for its introduction for the 2019 elections. As a result, the previous system remained in force, with 250 seats elected in multi-member constituencies using a 3% electoral threshold, plus 50 bonus seats for the largest party.
The number of parliamentary constituencies was also modified in December 2018, with Athens B split into Athens B1 (North), Athens B2 (West), and Athens B3 (South), while Attica was split into East Attica and West Attica.
A few minutes before the polls closed, a group of young protesters stormed the 33-d polling station in the distinct of Exarcheia in Athens and stole the ballot box. Subsequently, a previously unknown anarchist group called 'Ballot-seeking Arsonists' claimed responsibility. The group claimed that they burned the stolen ballot box. As a result, a repeat election at the same polling station was held a week later, on Sunday, 14 July. The results did not change the final allocation of seats due to the small volume of votes.
|Movement for Change||457,527||8.10||22||+5|
|Communist Party of Greece||299,595||5.30||15||0|
|Course of Freedom||82,673||1.46||0||New|
|Union of Centrists||70,161||1.24||0||–9|
|Communist Party of Greece (Marxist–Leninist)||7,778||0.14||0||0|
|Marxist–Leninist Communist Party of Greece||2,791||0.05||0||0|
|Workers Revolutionary Party||1,993||0.04||0||0|
|Organisation of Internationalist Communists of Greece||1,675||0.03||0||0|
|Syn...Fonia Politikon Kommaton||96||0.00||0||0|
|Source: Ministry of the Interior|
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