06 February 2014 13:07

The deadline for registration in the electoral list for May 25 European elections in Cyprus is April 2.
And the deadline for the submission of candidacies is May 2, the Interior Ministry's Election Service announced on Wednesday.
"All Cypriots and EU citizens over 18 years of age, residing in Cyprus for the last six months prior to their application, are eligible to vote and can fill an application in order to be included in the Electoral List," it said.
"Anyone over the age of 21 and enrolled in the electoral list can be a candidate," it added.
The government is to set overseas voting booths in nine big cities of Greece, in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds, and in Brussels.
Cyprus elects six members at the European Parliament and the electoral system is based on proportional representation.
Amendments to the election bill allowing Turkish Cypriot holders of divided Cyprus' identity cards to automatically register in the lists have been approved by Cabinet.
There are some 95.000 Turkish Cypriots holding Republic of Cyprus ID cards paving the way for them to elect two MEPs if they choose to participate.
The overall number of registered voters is now 540,000 but it is expected to rise with new registrations.
Out of the 540,000, some 6,000 were EU nationals in the 2011 municipal elections. But this number is also due to change because a lot have left debt-ridden Cyprus since then.
At the same time, political parties have begun joining forces and announcing their candidates.
Ruling Disy and junior coalition party Evroko announced on Tuesday that Evroko president Demetris Syllouris, currently an MP, will run on the right-wing party's ticket.
To make this possible, Disy leader Averof Neophytou will be exercising his right to name an ex-officio candidate.
The remaining four places on the ticket will be determined through the party's Supreme Council by the middle of March.
Socialist Edek and the one-seat Green Party have agreed on the final text of their joint declaration.
This year's EP elections will be the third in which Cyprus is participating since its accession to the EU in May 2004.
 
 


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