Called to the ballot box for the third time in eight months, some Greeks are responding to election fatigue with a bailout-sized dose of Internet humour. In one hit post on the news site Protagon, comedienne Lila Stabouloglou suggested “electoral tourism” could prove a handy money-spinner for Greece’s cash-strapped authorities in the run-up to the vote in three weeks’ time. “The Greek Tourism Organisation is enthusiastically preparing to promote the idea of electoral tourism ahead of the vote on September 20,” she wrote in the mock news report. Her post was topped with a fake campaign poster, showing a ballot box floating alongside two boats in beautiful turquoise waters. “Live Your Elections in Greece”, it said — a riff on a well-known old tourism campaign, “Live Your Myth in Greece”.
Alexis Tsipras, who only became prime minister in January, triggered snap elections by quitting last month after his decision to sign Greece up for a third huge international bailout caused a deep split in his radical-left party Syriza.
In his short time in power he had also managed to hold a referendum on the bailout — meaning this month’s polls are not only the fifth elections the crisis-mired country has held in six years, but the third time in just eight months that Greeks have been asked to head to the polling station.