Evangelos Meimarakis, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Apostolos Tzitzikostas have welcomed Adonis Georgiadis as the fourth candidate for president of the conservative party.
The committee reconvened on Saturday morning to reconsider its decision following disapproving comments from the other three contenders and former ND leader Antonis Samaras who called the committee's decision "wrong and traumatic for ND'.
On Friday, the committee had approved the candidacies of current, transitional ND leader Evangelos Meimarakis, MP Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the governor of the region of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas.
With all candidacies finalized, the official campaign for the party presidency begins Monday with the four candidates measuring their respective strong points and weaknesses.
The first major difference between them is the timing of the election, with Meimarakis disagreeing with the other three, who want it to take place in mid February. The transitional president of New Democracy wants the process to unravel as fast as possible and is asking for the election to take place no later than the third week of October.
A second potential battleground for the candidates is the election process itself, with Mitsotakis and Tzitzikostas asking for a free ballot, where anyone interested can vote, and Meimarakis asking for a vote strictly by party members around the country.