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Greek European Parliament election, 2009
22 seats to the European Parliament
7 June 2009
Majority party Minority party Third party
Γεώργιος Παπανδρέου.jpg Kostas Karamanlis.jpg Aleka Papariga - Crop.jpg
Leader George Papandreou Kostas Karamanlis Aleka Papariga
Party Panhellenic Socialist Movement (ΠΑΣΟΚ) New Democracy (ΝΔ) Communist Party (ΚΚΕ)
Last election 34.03%, 8 seats 43.01%, 11 seats 9.48%, 3 seats
Seats won 8 8 2
Seat change 0 -3 -1
Popular vote 1,878,859 1,655,636 428,283
Percentage 36.64 32.29 8.35
Swing +2.61 -10.72 -1.13
Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
Georgios Karatzaferis.jpg Alexis Tsipras Komotini cropped.jpg  
Leader Georgios Karatzaferis Alexis Tsipras Committee
Party Popular Orthodox Rally Left Coalition Ecologist Greens
Last election 4.12%, 1 seat 4.16%, 1 seat .067%, 0 seats
Seats won 2 1 1
Seat change +1 0 +1
Popular vote 366,615 240,898 178,964
Percentage 7.14 4.70 3.49
Swing +3.02 +0.54 +2.88
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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.

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Participating parties

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:

  • Group Rosa (Ομάδα ΡΟΖΑ)

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.

Results

e • d  Summary of the 7 June 2009 European Parliament election results
Parties Leader Party group Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Panhellenic Socialist Movement George Papandreou PES 1,878,859 36.64 +2.61 8 ±0
New Democracy Kostas Karamanlis EPP-ED 1,655,636 32.29 -10.72 8 -3
Communist Party of Greece Aleka Papariga EUL-NGL 428,283 8.35 -1.13 2 -1
Popular Orthodox Rally Georgios Karatzaferis ID 366,615 7.14 +3.02 2 +1
Coalition of the Radical Left Alekos Alavanos EUL-NGL 240,898 4.70 +0.54 1 ±0
Ecologist Greens 6-member committee Greens-EFA 178,964 3.49 +2.88 1 +1
Panhellenic Macedonian Front Stelios Papathemelis 65,177 1.27 0
Party of Greek Hunters Giorgos Tsagkanelias 64,782 1.27 0
Drasi Stefanos Manos et al. 38,895 0.76 0
Ecologists Greece K. Papanikolas 33,236 0.65 0
Greek Ecologists Dimosthenis Vergis 31,188 0.61 +0.07 0
Popular Union-Chrysi Avyi N. Michaloliakos 23,566 0.46 0
Anticapitalist Left Cooperation for the Overthrow 13-member committee 21,951 0.43 0
Union of Centrists Vassilis Leventis 19,660 0.38 -0.18 0
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party A. Papadopoulous et al. 13,142 0.26 -0.09 0
Lefko Kostas Dalios 10,572 0.21 0
Koinonia Emmanouil Voloudakis 7,964 0.16 0
Hellenic Direct Democracy Movement Giorgos Kokkas 7,916 0.15 0
Liberal Party-Libertas.eu Manolis Kaligiannis Libertas.eu 6,485 0.13 0
Youth Party Kyriakos Topsoglou 6,224 0.12 0
Workers Revolutionary Party Sabetai Matsas 6,048 0.12 0
Fighting Socialist Party Nikos Kargopoulos et al. 5,624 0.11 -0.09 0
European Free Alliance-Rainbow S. Anastasiadis EFA 4,530 0.09 -0.01 0
Liberal Alliance Fotis Perlikos ALDE 4,348 0.08 0
Greek Unity Vasileios Protopapas 3,105 0.06 0
Organization for the Reconstruction of the Communist Party of Greece Ilias Zafiropoulos et al. 2,807 0.05 -0.03 0
Patriotic Humanitarian Movement Georgios Dontas 762 0.01 0
Valid votes 5,127,237 100.00 22
Invalid votes 72,791 1.38
Blank votes 61,008 1.16
Total votes 5,261,036
Electorate 9,995,992
Turnout 52.63 %

Opinion polls

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

See also

References

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