Mace­do­nia Univer­sity to probe elec­tion polls

Rector wants to clear up any doubts af­ter ac­cu­sa­tion of bias from Kam­menos

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Univer­sity of Mace­do­nia rector Achil­leas Zapra­nis plans to launch a sworn ad­min­is­tra­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the opin­ion polls con­ducted by a re­search unit at the in­sti­tu­tion ahead of the Septem­ber 20 elec­tions.

Zapra­nis said dur­ing a ra­dio in­ter­view yes­ter­day that he feels the univer­sity’s rep­u­ta­tion has been com­pro­mised by doubts about the ac­cu­racy of the sur­veys that were car­ried out by its Re­search In­sti­tute for Skai TV and Kathimerini.

The last sur­vey pub­lished by the re­searchers two days be­fore the elec­tions put SYRIZA in front on 31 per­cent, fol­lowed by New Democ­racy on 28.5 per­cent. In fact, SYRIZA won the sup­port of 35.4 per­cent on Septem­ber 20 and New Democ­racy 28.1 per­cent.

How­ever, the main bone of con­tention was the poll’s sug­ges­tion that coali­tion part­ner In­de­pen­dent Greeks would get just 2 per­cent, short of the 3 per­cent thresh­old for en­ter­ing Par­lia­ment, whereas De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos’s party gained 3.7 per­cent.

This prompted Kam­menos to at­tack poll­sters, par­tic­u­larly the Mace­do­nia Univer­sity Re­search In- sti­tute, on elec­tion night. Zapra­nis said that he wants to clear up any doubts.

“All those in­volved will be asked to sub­mit any ev­i­dence they have,” he said. “This goes both for those who car­ried out the sur­veys and those who made the claims.”

The rector stressed that the Re­search In­sti­tute has ad­min­is­tra­tive and financial in­de­pen­dence.

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