ND yet to de­cide de­tails of lead­er­ship vote

Four can­di­dates’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives to meet again to­mor­row to dis­cuss date

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New Democ­racy has de­layed a de­ci­sion on the de­tails of its lead­er­ship vote un­til to­mor­row, when its elec­toral com­mit­tee will meet again to dis­cuss when the bal­lot will be held and who will be al­lowed to vote.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the four can­di­dates met yesterday with mem­bers of the com­mit­tee but did not agree on any of the specifics. Exmin­is­ters Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis and Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis, as well as Cen­tral Mace­do­nia Gover­nor Apos­to­los Tz­itzikostas fa­vor the vote be­ing held in Novem­ber. Cur­rent leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis had wanted the vote to take place this month but is thought to be warm­ing to the idea of a longer cam­paign as it would give him the chance to take ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion to strengthen his cre­den­tials, espe- cially through at­tacks on the gov­ern­ment.

Sun­day, Novem­ber 1 is a pos­si­ble com­pro­mise but there are con­cerns that a runoff bal­lot be­tween the two best-placed can­di­dates the fol­low­ing Sun­day would co­in­cide with the Athens Marathon, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for some New Democ­racy sup­port­ers to reach polling sta­tions.

Another as­pect of the vote that has to be re­solved is how much vot­ers will be asked to con­trib­ute to party cof­fers. In 2009, when An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras was elected, con­ser­va­tives had to pay 2 eu­ros to par­tic­i­pate in the bal­lot. How­ever, it is es­ti­mated that hold­ing the elec­tions now will cost be­tween 600,000 and 700,000 eu­ros, which means New Democ­racy will prob­a­bly have to charge vot­ers more than six years ago.

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