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Summertime dilemma for Cyprus electorate

06 June 2009 / 09:06:58  GRReporter
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This weekend the political parties in Cyprus face the competition of the warm sunny weather, tempting the electorate and putting them in the dilemma of whether to go voting or go to the beach. In fact this weekend is going to be longer since on Monday the orthodox celebrate the day of the Holy Ghost. The elections on the island began at 6:00am and will last until 8:00pm, with a break between 12:00pm and 1:00pm. The voting time may be extended by the decision of each polling station chairman in case a significant number of voters are not able to place their votes by 8:00pm.

Cyprus is going to elect 6 people for the European Parliament choosing between candidates of 8 parties and 5 independent candidates. These are the second European Parliament elections in Cyprus since the country joined the European Union in May 1, 2004. The electorate consists of 526 060 people, 6458 of them being citizens of other European countries that are currently residing in Cyprus and are going to vote there, and 9628 Cyprus citizens are going to vote abroad. 1092 election centers are opened within the country and 34 - abroad.

1305 Cyprus Turks that are currently living within the territory of the Republic of Cyprus will also have the right to vote.

The political parties’ major concern is the electoral activity. High activity will move the results closer to expectations, while lower activity may shift the results in favor of another political power. In big cities low activity would have negative impact on the Conservatives, while abroad it will result in less support for the Communists.

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