Newlyweds, Voters on Horseback, and 103 Year-Old Yiayia Rush to Polling Stations



Greek authorities say that voting on Sunday proceeds smoothly as millions of Greeks are turning up at the polling stations for three separate but equally important elections.

Citizens will vote for members of the European Parliament and vote in regional and local elections.

Despite being “completely unprecedented,” elections are “proceeding smoothly,” Supreme Court President Vassilis Peppas said on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA), Peppas said that twice as many judicial representatives were needed for these elections compared to the 2014 European polls, as there were twice as many polling stations to cover.

There are reports of congestion in a number of polling stations, especially in Athens and Thessaloniki, as voters are trying to choose their preferred candidates out of 40 separate ballot papers.

Polling stations close at 7 p.m., local time.

For this newly-wed couple in Patras the ballot box took precedence over the wedding party. As soon as they got married they rushed to the polling station to cast their vote.

In the town of Nafplio, Peloponnese, two voters went to the polling station on horseback.

Mrs. Ioulia Katsadima, aged 103, casts her vote in Ioannina, NW Greece.