Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing a conference on transparency on Thursday, stressed the need for the restoration of transparency to enable the country to win all the struggles it has to wage.

The ND leader termed transparency as the "oxygen and pride of Democracy", as well as a "precondition of social cohesion and of a competitive economy."

He further said that the country needs strong and relentless auditing apparatuses, so that "the perjuring civil servant as well as the corrupt politician will be found and punished."

Samaras reiterated the proposal he has made, for auditing apparatuses to be comprised of senior judges since, as he said, those checking must also be checked.

"Let us eliminate distortions in the political system, if we start eliminating distortions in the economy and if we restore auditing apparatuses with internal 'security valves', then transparency will be restored and corruption will be minimised," he said.

In another development, ND appeared satisfied on Thursday with the results of a poll showing the gap with the ruling PASOK party to be narrowing to only one percentage point. According to the poll by VPRC published on Thursday in the "Epikera" magazine, PASOK receives 33 percent against 32 pc for ND, followed by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 12.5, the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) and the Coalition with 5, the Ecologists/Greens with 4, the Democratic Left 2.5 and the Democratic Alliance with 2 percent.