Greece

Hellenic Parliament

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
20.09.2015
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
28.08.2015
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.07.2023
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
300
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
4,756
The number of women candidates is not available from authoritative sources.
Notes
The Directorate of Elections did not publish the gender-breakdown for the 4,756 candidates.
There were 3,156 candidates for the eight winning parties of whom 1,105 were women, or 35%, according to the Directorate for Development & Support of Policies on Gender Equality.
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
19
Notes
Number of parties contesting the election: 14 parties and 5 coalitions

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
9,839,809
Votes Number of people who actually voted
5,566,038
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
56.57%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and its junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks (AnEl, led by Mr. Panos Kammenos), retained a majority in the 300-member Parliament. Together they took 155 seats, down from 162 in January 2015. New Democracy (ND) remained the second largest party after SYRIZA with 75 seats. Six other parties won seats in parliament. SYRIZA's splinter party, the Popular Unity (co-led by former Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy, Mr. Panagiotis Lafazanis and outgoing Speaker Zoe Konstantopoulou) failed to win parliamentary representation. On 21 September, Mr. Tsipras was sworn in for a second term and subsequently formed a new coalition government comprising SYRIZA and AnEl. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on economy and the new bailout agreement.

The September elections were the second snap elections in 2015. Mr. Tsipras came to power following the January elections, pledging to renegotiate the conditions of the country's EUR 240 billion bailout agreements with the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and to abolish many of the austerity measures. On 27 February, the new Prime Minister obtained an extension of the second bailout until 30 June.

On 27 June, Mr. Tsipras called a referendum on the new bailout conditions proposed by the European Commission, stating they were unacceptable. The bailout included proposals to raise the age of retirement to 67 years old and to increase VAT. Over 61 per cent of voters rejected the proposed deal. However, following mounting pressure from his counterparts in Europe, on 13 July, the Prime Minister agreed to conditions similar to those proposed before the referendum in return for a bailout of EUR 86 billion over three years. On 16 July, Parliament passed an agreement to seek a third bailout with support from opposition parties. Around a third of SYRIZA members voted against or abstained from the vote. On 13 August, Parliament approved austerity measures required for the new bailout thanks to the support of opposition parties. Only 118 out of 162 members on the government side voted in favour. After losing his majority in Parliament on 20 August the Prime Minister announced his resignation. The President of the Supreme Court, Ms. Vassiliki Thanou, succeeded him in an acting capacity, thereby becoming the first woman Prime Minister of Greece. On 28 August, President Prokopis Pavlopulos dissolved Parliament and called for early elections to be held on 20 September.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
8
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
42.11%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
48.33%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
2
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and Independent Greeks (AE)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) 145
New Democracy (ND) 75
Golden Dawn (Chryssi Ayghi) 18
Democratic Coalition (PASOK-DIMAR) 17
Communist Party (KKE) 15
The River (To Potami) 11
Independent Greeks (AnEl) 10
Union of Centrists (EK) 9
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
241
Number of women elected
59
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
19.67%
Other notes
Number of parties winning seats: 8, including one coalition

The Democratic Coalition comprised the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and the Democratic Left (DIMAR).
Sources
Parliament (05.10.2015, 01.01.2017)
Ministry of Interior
Directorate of Elections (09.10.2015)
Directorate for Development & Support of Policies on Gender Equality (13.10.2015)
Women Directly Elected
59

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
241
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
59
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
57
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
03.10.2015
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Nikolaos Voutsis (Male)
Political party
Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA)
Date of election
03.10.2015