Greeks to Decide the Leadership of 7 Regions, 229 Municipalities

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A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Athens on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Greeks vote to elect municipal and regional governments throughout the country. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The second round of elections to elect mayors and regional governors is taking place throughout Greece on Sunday, one week after European elections and the first round of local government polls. The election in the second round is between the two candidates that got the highest number of votes in the first round. In cases where a candidate received more than half the vote in the first round, the election is not repeated.

As a result of the changes made by the "Kleisthenes" reform, there is no repetition of the vote for councillors, with the composition of local and regional councils decided based on the results and their percentage of the vote in the first round.

With the issue decided in six regions and 103 municipalities during the first round, the electorate must now choose seven regional governors and 229 mayors.

Most interest is focused on the outcome in the large municipalities of Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as the crucial Attica region where the candidate supported by main opposition New Democracy, Giorgos Patoulis (37.63 pct in the first round) up against ruling-SYRIZA backed candidate and previous governor Rena Dourou (19.71 pct in the first round).

In Athens the fight is between ND's Kostas Bakoyannis, who came close to an absolute majority of 42.65 pct on the first Sunday, and SYRIZA-supported candidate Nasos Iliopoulos, who got 16.98 pct on May 26. In Thessaloniki, both candidates come from ND's ranks, with Nikos Tachiaos being the party's official choice and Konstantinos Zervas standing as an independent.

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