Parliamentary elections will be held on May 30 in Cyprus and today the applications are submitted.
Every citizen of the Republic who reaches the age of 18 until the day of the elections has the right to vote, given that he has the qualifications to reside in Cyprus. Every person who has the electoral qualifications is obliged to submit an application for registration in the electoral list within 30 days from the date of obtaining the electoral qualifications, for the issuance of an electoral booklet and in any case no later than the last day of the additional electoral list.
According to the official data of the Ministry of Interior of Cyprus, which are cited by AMPE, the registered voters who have the right to vote in this year’s parliamentary elections, amount to 557,589. Turkish Cypriots who hold an identity card of the Republic of Cyprus are also entitled and have an address in the free areas. The new voters amount to 68,209.
Relevant information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the citizens of the Republic, who are trapped in the occupied areas of Karpasia and Kyrenia under the Turkish invading forces, can vote in polling stations operating in the free areas, presenting a political identity card or passport if they have or any other official Republic document bearing their photo.
Citizens are going to vote in order to elect 56 new Members, which according to the legislation are distributed as follows:
Nicosia 20 deputies, Limassol 12, Famagusta 11, Larnaca 6, Paphos 4 and Kyrenia 3.
As far as the preference crosses are concerned, they should not exceed the following:
Nicosia up to 5 crosses, Limassol and Famagusta up to 3, Larnaca up to 2, Paphos and Kyrenia 1 cross.
Under the current electoral system in parliamentary elections, voters do not have the right to choose candidates from different combinations. Voters can vote for either one party, even if the party of their choice has fewer candidates in the constituency than the number of seats in their constituency, or only one independent individual candidate.
The current electoral system provides for the allocation of parliamentary seats in the A distribution with its system simple analog, while in the two phases of the B ‘distribution an enhanced proportional is applied with percentages of 3.6% and 7.2% respectively.
The elections will be held under very strict measures due to the pandemic, while mobile ballot boxes will be mobilized for the cases. coronavirus, who will not be able to go to the polls to exercise their right to vote.