By Antonis Anzoletou

The pre-election period is over. Whether it was clear or not for some parties, the ballot will show very soon. The tones were raised, there was no shortage of extreme positions, the pedestrian streets and squares were in several cases filled and the “falsas” of some officials gave a special color to the political conflict.

It happened more or less what happens in every election marathon, only this time there was a peculiarity. The new system of simple proportionality set new standards in party campaigns. Many have discounted the holding of new elections due to the impossibility of forming a government. The degree of self-reliance seems elusive and no one can know the exact correlations that could favor the formation of alliances.

Precisely for this reason the primary objective of the leaderships in all their appearances was to exorcise the loose vote. Because the previous elections were held four years ago, estimates indicate that participation may be higher than the 57.78% of 2019.

From the beginning of 2023, the parties had started their campaigns, albeit informally. They risked getting “burnt in the warm-up”, but in the end it turned out that they all entered the official pre-election race. The audiences they tried to attract are extremely critical and hold both the “keys” to victory for the two “big” ones and the ticket to enter Parliament with a good percentage for the smaller ones. The middle class, the young, the retired and the undecided are the voters who will decide the final outcome.

The disputes over which the parties dueled? Punctuality, labor issues, the accident in Tempe, wiretapping, the pandemic and the new National Social Security System, infrastructure projects, the rule of law, education with the minimum admission basis, etc. The political forces tried to make their programs known, but in most cases the “noise” from the conflicts and recriminations was louder.

Political leaders today are relaxing.

Most will meet the journalists for the traditional lunch table and exchange of views.

THE Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his partners will welcome the representatives of the press in the center of Athens, o Alexis Tsipras in Piraeus and Dimitris Koutsoubas in Kalogreza.

Tomorrow the leaders will set an example to their voters by going to the polls early. Standard statements will follow.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis will vote at 10.30 am. in Kifissia, Alexis Tsipras at 9.30 am. in Kypseli, Nikos Androulakis in Crete, Dimitris Koutsoumbas at 10.00 a.m. in Lamia, Kyriakos Velopoulos at 11.30 am. in Thessaloniki and Yanis Varoufakis at 9.00 am in Piraeus.