Polling booths across Greece closed at 7pm. The first exit polls have now been released and indicate that results are too close to call between the leftist Syriza and conservative New Democracy.
Initial exit polls gave New Democracy a slight lead of half a percentage point. The two leading parties polled between 27 and 30 percent, according to the BBC.
With results too close to call final results are eagerly awaited, when the leading party will scoop an additional 50 parliamentary seats. If final results are as close as initial exit polls suggest then the likely outcome will be that a workable coalition government will need to be formed. However, following the May 6 elections politicians failed to act on the mandate to work together.
If New Democracy maintains the lead the outcome of the elections is likely to be a depressing repeat of the May elections which left the country with no elected government for the past six weeks.
The worst case scenario for Greece would be yet another failed election, with third elections called. However this scenario may suit the EU more than an outright victory for SYRIZA, whose success could result in Greece being ejected from the euro zone.
Ekathimerini has first exit polls results as:
First exit poll by Mega TV: ND 27.5-30.5, SYRIZA 27-30, PASOK 10-12, Ind Gr 6-7.5, Golden Dawn 6-7.5, Dem Left 5.5-6.5, KKE 5-6
First exit poll by Star Channel: ND 27-30, SYRIZA 26-29, PASOK 10-12, Ind Greeks 6-8, Golden Dawn 6-8, Dem Left 6-7, KKE 5-6