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New Democracy elects again its president on 20 December

03 December 2015 / 15:12:12  GRReporter
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The initially proposed elections date was 13 December as it was appropriate from a technical point of view too. Having in mind the fiasco of 22 November, New Democracy had to choose a reliable company to hold the elections, even if it would mean postponing the procedure as is actually the case. After intensive talks, the members of the central election commission of New Democracy and the candidates for party leader, namely Evangelos Meimarakis, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Adonis Georgiadis and Apostolos Tzitzikostas have agreed to entrust to Vodafone the IT support during the election procedure. The elections will take place on 20 December and if a ballot vote between those candidates who have obtained the highest number of votes is necessary, it will be held immediately after the holidays on 10 January.

Late on Tuesday the telecommunications company informed that due to the short preparation time by 13 December, holding the elections on that date would be risky and the error might reach 25%. At the same time, the company ensured that the procedure would be smooth after Sunday, 20 December.

Simultaneously, the central election commission and the technical experts of the candidates had received another offer from a company in Chania, which was complete from a technical standpoint and provided for holding the elections even by 13 December.

Nevertheless, Evangelos Meimarakis and Kyriakos Mitsotakis replied that the procedure must be guaranteed first and the elections date should be set afterwards. Adonis Georgiadis approved the date of 13 December putting no veto on 20 December, in case that Apostolos Tzitzikostas gave the green light too. Yiannis Tragakis played the role of an intermediary between the four candidates and they came to agreement, since no one could give convincing reasons for the elections to take place at an earlier date, especially after what had happened two weeks earlier. In addition to the already poisoned climate in New Democracy, even setting dates is actually a major evolution, mainly because it makes pointless the scenarios to indefinitely postpone the procedure or to even change the way in which the party chairman is to be elected.

The central election commission of New Democracy is meeting again today to determine its final preferences for the technical solution by Vodafone and to address a number of other technical issues. The commission contract will be signed immediately and New Democracy will be faced with the financial side of the issue. Although the party headquarters is not disclosing the contract value, it is believed to be much higher compared to the sum estimated for the fiasco on 22 November. Moreover, unlike then, qualified staff will be now responsible for the operation of computers in polling stations and not the chairmen of the local organizations, which in turn will increase the cost of operation and accordingly, the costs for New Democracy. In this situation, probably the revenue of 3 euro per voter, which each party member must pay to participate in the elections, will not be enough.

Tags: New DemocracyElectionsChairmanVodafone
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