The 2019 Greek legislative election will be held on 7 July 2019. All 300 seats in the Hellenic Parliament will be contested. It will be the first national election in Greece and third elections overall where the voting age will be lowered to 17, and the number of parliamentary constituencies was increased from 56 to 59. Athens B, the largest constituency with 44 seats before the 2018 reform, was broken up into smaller constituencies, the largest of which has 18 seats.
On 26 May 2019, following his defeat in the 2019 European Parliament election in Greece and the concurrent local elections, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that a snap election would be held as soon as possible following the second round of the 2019 municipal elections.
The FT writes ‘Syriza’s disastrous collapse at last month’s EP elections prompted Tsipras to call a snap general election 3 months before his government’s term runs out’.
Sources and further reading:
Mitsotakis buoyed by Greeks’ desire for change after Syriza era
Greek president approves Tsipras’s call for July 7 snap election
Greek elections: Between a rock and a hard place