Greece election rivals Syriza and New Democracy tied in polls ahead of vote

Greece’s leftist Syriza party and conservative New Democracy party were polling almost even on Friday, the last day on which polling and campaigning were allowed ahead of Sunday’s general election.

“It’s the first time I’ve felt so powerless to make an estimate. The entire political scene is like a boiling cauldron,” Paschos Mandravelis, a columnist for liberal daily Kathimerini, told news agency AFP, referring to the results of polls which saw five surveys by different polling institutes putting both parties at between 25 and 30 percent of the vote.

In most polls, the difference between Syriza and New Democracy was less than 2 percent, well below the margin for statistical error. Other parties got shares of the vote in the single digits. About 10 percent of voters were still undecided.

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