Mitsotakis warns supporters against complacency, says every vote counts

Ironically the greatest obstacle in New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis' quest to secure an absolute parliamentary majority in the 7 July general election is his landslide victory against SYRIZA in May's European Parliament election, in which he defeated the ruling party by a margin of nearly 10 percentage points.

The potential complacency of ND's voters (both traditional supporters and newcomers) based on the belief that the party is a shoe in, combined with absenteeism dueto the fact that a significant portion of the electorate may not wish to interrupt their summer vacation to go out and vote, for the simple reason that they take they result for granted, has alarmed the main opposition leader and his core group of advisors.

Indeed, the only thing that Mitsotakis and PM Alexis Tsipras admit that they have in common is the conviction that they must attract voting groups from scratch and that every vote counts.

"On the morning of 7 July the ballot box will be empty," Tsipras is wont to say.

As the main opposition sees it, the vigilance of the party is crucial and keeping voters rallied behind ND is the only way to maximise the prospects of clinching the strong popular mandate which Mitsotakis has made his top priority.

'Every vote counts'

Tsipras is granting television and radio interviews daily and Mitsotakis is feverishly working the crowds and small gatherings of voters in specific target groups nationwide.

"Complacency is unjustifiable and the electoral result cannot be taken for granted. We cannot allow even a single vote to be lost," Mitsotakis told a crowd of party supporters in Alexandroupolis today.

"Absenteeism is a defeat for democracy. We want everyone to vote in the election and...

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