Greece elections: Voters' voices
- 2 May 2012
- From the section Europe
Voters go to the polls in Greece on 6 May to decide on the government to replace the caretaker administration led by technocrat Prime Minister Lucas Papademos.
Pasok and New Democracy - the two parties that have run Greece since it became a parliamentary republic in 1975 - have been widely blamed for the country's current economic turmoil.
The BBC's Theopi Skarlatos asked a selection of Greek voters how they intended to vote.
Andrianos Lappas, 28, Taxi Driver
There are many parties now and it seems that people are split between all of them. In the last few years people have always voted for the two main parties, New Democracy and Pasok. But you will soon see, there are many who are dissatisfied.
I like the fact that there are more parties to choose from now - it means there will be more voices in the parliament. Maybe things still won't change much, they could all be the same, but you never know.
I still don't know who to vote for. I will probably decide a couple of hours before I need to. I may vote for the Green party. I'm concerned about the economy, but also the Greens care about the environment and have a different way of thinking.
Konstantinos Katsatzos, Architect
Today, everybody says 'I am against the [bailout conditions] and the big parties'. Why? Do you think they believe it? They say so because they want to be the same as the others. It is the fashion.
We all have different opinions but in some instances, people are too scared to say what they really think. The fashion is to be against Pasok and New Democracy. I hope that when they go to vote, they will change their minds.
I never vote Pasok, but I have no choice and I am not a leftist. I think what we need is a coalition government made up of the two main parties and a softer left party.
I think where the European situation is concerned, the new coalition will have to renegotiate the terms and conditions of the bail out.
Naim Elghandhour, 57, President of the Muslim Association in Greece
I don't pay too much attention to the elections, because I don't trust anyone. Everybody tells lies. Nobody is talking about production, which the country needs to stand on its feet again.
As long as all this country does is pay back loans, it will never exit this crisis. Everyone talks about loans, but not about raising productivity and growth.
Everyone gives the impression to the voters that it's the immigrants who caused this crisis, apart from the left-leaning parties.
But even they don't have a specific programme. They seek to become populist and, for the first time in my life, I don't know who I will vote for.
Maybe the Greens, just so I can say I went to vote.
Jenny Tolou, 40, Personal Trainer
The parties try to make us think the elections are hopeless, so we end up voting for one of the two main parties.
Personally I've come to the conclusion that I will vote for a small party so maybe in the long run I can make a difference.
I'm not very optimistic, but we must try to make changes. At first, I thought that I would vote for one of the three main left parties. But then I thought, if they got into parliament, they would form a coalition with Pasok or New Democracy, which I don't want.
So I decided to vote for a small party even if my vote is lost. My vote is a vote against the current system.
Georgia Zoe, Actress and Architect, Ipiros
The elections are necessary. This is a democracy. I am an optimist. As Greeks we believe we can start again and be reborn.
I'm looking forward to going back to where I come from to place my vote.
If I tell you I'm still not sure who to vote for, would you believe me? This is the first time I've been so undecided. Greeks are angry with the current politicians, but we hope we will vote for the best option and overcome the crisis.
Whichever government we end up with, it must be strong enough to deal with cruel decisions that have to be made.
Unfortunately, that is the only way forward. We work, we are not lazy, we are honest and clever. It is only a few of us who are not.
Petros Anagnostou, Bookseller
Greeks will go to vote but they don't know what they're voting for.
On Monday the memorandum will have to be carried out and things will have to go on as they are. Mrs Merkel and Mr Sarkozy will say "we want our money, we don't care who is in power".
So these elections are madness. I will not go to vote at all.
I know it's bad that I'm not going to vote, but voting is not right. My vote would be wasted.