Approximately 28,2% of registered electors voted

25/05/2014

Following a one-hour recess, voting resumed at exactly 1 p.m. and it continues smoothly and in order. It is estimated that until 3 p.m. approximately 28,2% of the total of registered electors throughout Cyprus voted.

The percentages of the electors who have voted so far and the corresponding figures at previous elections, per constituency, are:

 

 

2009 European Parliament Elections

2011 Parliamentary Elections

 

2013 Presidential Elections

Nicosia     

33%

39%

55%

61%

Lemesos  

29%

35%

58%

62%

Famagusta

27%

33%

51%

62%

Larnaka

31%

36%

57%

64%

Pafos

30%

37%

64%

62%

Abroad

32%

38%

40%

40%

Special Election Centers for Turkish Cypriots :

2,25%

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It is clarified that the participation, excluding the special election centers for Turkish Cypriots (T/C), reached 31%, compared to 36,31% at the same time during the 2009 European Parliament Elections.

I would like to underline, once again, the significance of these elections for the Republic of Cyprus and also for the whole of the European Union.

As Chief Returning Officer I am once again obliged to urge people to vote.

I hope and wish that our compatriots will proceed en masse to exercise their voting right and that they will ignore opposing voices irresponsibly calling on them to abstain from voting. I remind that ballot boxes will normally close at 6 in the afternoon.

As regards the participation of T/C in these European Parliament Elections, I note the following:

Until now 1,321 T/C citizens of the Republic have exercised their voting right, out of a total of 58,637 who are registered in the electoral roll.

I would like to particularly emphasize the fact that for the first time T/C citizens of the Republic, who reside in the areas non-controlled by the Republic, have been automatically included in the special electoral roll of the European Parliament Elections and they have the right to vote and be voted.