Tur­moil at ND over pro­ce­dure for bal­lot

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New Democ­racy’s unity was tested fur­ther yesterday by a row that broke out over the pro­ce­dure be­ing fol­lowed for the up­com­ing lead­er­ship con­test.

Cur­rent leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis is said to have in­ter­rupted a meet­ing of the party’s elec­toral com­mit­tee and launched a fierce at­tack on sec­re­tary An­dreas Pa­pamimikos and gen­eral man­ager Costas Tsi­maras over sus­pi­cions about the process be­ing fol­lowed to choose a com­pany to run the Novem­ber 22 lead­er­ship bal­lot.

“I de­manded that all pro­ce­dures are car­ried out ab­so­lutely legally and with full trans­parency,” Meimarakis said af­ter the fra­cas. He de­manded that all the ten­ders by the IT com­pa­nies which are bid­ding for the con­tract to man­age the elec­tion be pub­lished online.

“As pres­i­dent of New Democ­racy I have de­cided not to ac­cept ac­tions that ex­pose the party and hurt our sup­port­ers,” he added.

Tsi­maras and Pa­pamimikos pub­licly de­nied that they had done any­thing wrong.

The ar­gu­ment broke out shortly af­ter the elec­toral com­mit­tee had de­cided that New Democ­racy sup­port­ers would be al­lowed to vote at around 900 polling cen­ters na­tion­wide. The panel also agreed that new and old mem­bers would have to pay 3 eu­ros to cast their vote next month.

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