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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>
 Caretaker PM: Greeks are aware of the huge stake of electionsAMNA--Caretaker Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos voted on Sunday at the Athens district of Kifissia. In statements he expressed his sorrow and support to the firemen and the other compatriots who were injured in Saturday's wildfires. "The reasons of the repetitive fire incidents every summer are specific, however this is not the day to deal with this issue. I ask from all my compatriots to follow the Fire Brigade's orders. It is a critical day, it is very windy," he said.
Referring to the elections, Pikrammenos said that according to his information the elections procedure is going smoothly.amna
"I am certain that the Greeks are aware of the huge stake of today's elections and that from these elections will arise, as soon as possible, the new government that will deal with the country's problems, which were highlighted during the pre-elections period," Pikrammenos added.
 Party leaders' statements on SundayNew Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, accompanied by his wife Georgia, voted on Sunday in Pylos, southern Greece. In a terse statement Samaras stressed that "today the Greek people speak, tomorrow a new era begins for Greece".
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras expressed his optimism for the elections result after casting his vote on Sunday at an election precinct in the Athens district of Kypseli.
Tsipras said that today that "we beat the fear and we are opening the way to dignity, to hope and to a better day with the people united and proud, for a Greece with social justice and prosperity and an equal member of a Europe that is changing. The future belongs to the bearers of hope, we will win," said Tsipras.
PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos voted in Thessaloniki and stated that only a government of national co-responsibility can take the country out of the crisis. "The Greek people can and must safeguard the society's cohesion and the nation's unity. Tomorrow the country must have a government," he said.
Independent Greeks party leader Panos Kammenos after voting in Alexandroupolis, northeastern Greece, stated: "From Evros prefecture in Thrace on the border with Turkey, the Independent Greeks send a message to Greece and Europe. Fear is what makes you win a battle. Hope is what makes you win a war," said Kammenos.
"Today, we Greeks are Europe's hope against the new world order. We are the hope, to prove that principles are much stronger than the bankers and the loansharks," he said, adding: "The peoples of Europe and the European Union are putting their hope in us. We must stand by them in the way Greeks do. Yesterday, the Greek national soccer team proved that to remain in the EURO what is needed is confidence, unity, determination and struggle, and not fear and defeatism. That's the way you remain in the 'Euro'."
Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga on Sunday denounced a fake KKE account on the Google social network "twitter", which urges KKE voters to cast their ballot for SYRIZA.
Papariga said that the KKE has repeatedly made many charges against the fake account, and has asked for the intervention of the police electronic crimes squad and from the American authorities, given that Google is US-based.
She warned that, on Saturday night, a text was uploaded on the fake account that was supposedly a decision of the KKE central committee calling on the party's members, friends and voters "to vote for another party, SYRIZA".
Papariga, after casting her vote in the Athens working-class district of Peristeri, said that charges against the site -- which belongs neither to the KKE nor its central committee -- have been launched in Greece and the US, including a request that the site be taken down, adding that various accounts appearing to belong to her personally, but are not hers or the KKE's, also exist on the social networks-- mainly twitter and facebook.
Democratic Left (DIMAR) leader Fotis Kouvelis voted in Peristeri. In statements after casting his vote, Kouvelis said that "the Greeks are voting today with hope, without fear, with will and demand for the country to move forward".
 Toddler from Germany dies in hit-and-run road accidentAMNA--A three year-old girl from Germany died after being hit by a car on Sunday morning on the Rethymno-Iraklio old national road on Crete.
The toddler was rushed immediately to the hospital but died due to her serious injuries despite the doctors' efforts to save her life.
The car driver did not stop, accelerated and fled. The mother of the child who was present when the accident occurred is being hospitalised in a state of shock.amna
Rethymno police have launched a manhunt to locate the perpetrator of the fatal accident.
 Heavy weaponry missing from Kos island police stationGreek police late Saturday ordered an urgent Sworn Administrative Inquiry (EDE) into the circumstances of the missing weaponry from a police station on Kos island.
According to an announcement, four G3A3 rifles and their cartridges as well as two UZI submachine guns with their cartridges and two MP-5 sub machine guns with four cartridges were missing from the police station's warehouse. The officer responsible for the warehouse noticed that the locks on the doors where the weaponry was kept were different from those he had put in and decided to make a check, during which he discovered the theft. However no other traces of a break-in were detected.
The time when the weaponry was stolen has not been specified because the last recount was six months ago.
 The Sunday edition of Athens' dailiesThe Sunday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance
The crucial repeat general elections dominated the headlines on Sunday in Athens' dailies.
AVGHI: "Government of all the Greeks - With the people's vote today, government of the Left tomorrow".
KATHIMERINI: "With bated breath - The eyes of the entire world on Greece".
KYRIAKATIKI AVRIANI: "Vote Greece, vote Alexis (Tsipras, SYRIZA leader) in order to rescue the country and our children from the disastrous memorandum and the international loansharks".
TO VIMA TIS KYRIAKIS: "Salvation ballots - International alert over the elections result - What we Europeans fear, what the bankers are planning".
 Wildfires raging throughout GreeceAMNA--A wildfire that broke out on Saturday in Keratea, southeastern Attica was still raging on Sunday due to strong winds that resulted in constant rekindling.
"All the area of Fokea up to Legrena has been burnt," said to AMNA Kalyvia mayor Petros Filippou. "The fire stopped at the sea, houses and hundreds of acres of farmland were destroyed," he added, and accused the authorities for not giving the subsidies for fire safety.amna
According to Fire Brigade, four firefighting aircraft and a water-dropping helicopter as well as 60 fire engines with 180 crew-members and 75 firemen on foot remain in the area. Fifteen more fire engines arrived from other regions in order to assist the operation.
Moreover Italy, accepting a Greek Fire Brigade request to all European countries for help, will send two Canadair fire-fighting aircraft. Croatia and France are currently examining the request.amna
Police said that four men have been arrested, alleged to have started the wildfire in Keratea. The four men, two 57-year-olds, a 46-year-old and a 37-year-old, all locals, were doing construction work using a cutting grinder.
A wildfire that broke out on Saturday in Pylos as well as a wildfire in Monemvasia are currently under partial control. However, a strong team of firefighters remain in the area until the blaze is fully extinguished and in order to prevent rekindlings.amna
The most serious wildfire in southern Greece is reported in the area of Stefani in Corinth. The blaze crossed the border of Corinthia prefecture into Argolis and is burning forestland, without threatening inhabited areas.amna
Twelve fire engines, three firefighting aircraft and a water dropping helicopter are battling the blaze in the area. amna
 Greece in EURO 2012 quarterfinalsAMNA--The Greek national football team is reliving the days of 2004 in Poland. Greece qualified for the quarterfinals of the EURO 2012 after a 1-0 victory over Russia in Warsaw on Saturday night and took second place in the first group. The golden goal of Greece was scored by George Karagounis in the extra time of the first half of the match.
Greece, which was the outsider of the match, played with passion and tactics and managed to kick out the 'favourite', Russia, from the quarterfinals of the competition. amna
On Friday, Greece will face the team that takes first place in the second group, possibly Germany or Denmark.
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