ATHENS (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Greek voters have been taking part in a referendum to determine whether Greece should accept the lenders-proposed bailout plan that envisages serious spending cuts and tax increases.
"The overall estimate is that "No" vote is leading," sociologists told ERT TV channel.
The voting ended at 7 p.m. local time, official preliminary results are expected to be announced 8-9 p.m. local time (17:00-18:00 GMT).
Greece is one of the countries hit worst by the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The country’s overall debt stands at about $350 billion, of which $270 billion is owed to the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and some eurozone countries.
A source in Syriza party told RIA Novosti earlier in the day that no official exit poll was being held, as the country lacks relevant experience. The previous referendum in Greece took place in December 1974.
Over 19,000 polling stations were open for 9.8 million of registered voters in the austerity referendum.
The Greek Interior Ministry, reported no incidents during the Sunday referendum.