26 May 2014 07:36

NICOSIA -- President Anastasiades and political party leaders on Sunday urged voters to go to the polls to elect Cyprus’ six MEPs
Turnout by noon was 18%, compared to 26.4% in the European elections of 2009.
Chief Returning Officer Constantinos Nicolaides said the turnout is much lower than the European elections of 2009, the parliamentary elections of 2011 and the presidential elections of 2013, noting however that a final assessment would be made when polling stations closed.
By noon, when the polling stations closed for an hour, in Nicosia the turnout was 22%, compared to 28% in the European elections of 2009, 36% in the parliamentary elections of 2011 and 39% in the presidential elections of 2013.
In Limassol, the turnout was 17% compared to 25% in 2009, 46% in 2011 and 40% in 2013, in Famagusta 16% compared to 24% in 2009, 35% in 2011 and 38% in 2013, in Larnaca 19% compared to 26% in 2009, 39% in 2011 and 42% in 2013, and in Paphos 19% compared to 27% in 2009, 40% in 2011 and 37% in 2013.
In polling stations abroad, the turnout by noon was 13% compared to 18% in 2009, 14% in 2011 and 16% in 2013.
Nicolaides said voting by noon had run smoothly, and that polling stations would reopen at 1300 local time and would remain open until 1800.
A total of 1,087 polling stations are operating in Cyprus, of which 50 are special polling stations, where Turkish Cypriots living in the Turkish occupied areas of the Republic can vote.
So far, the turnout at the special polling stations is 1.35%, as only 805 of the 59,328 Turkish Cypriots have voted.


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