NICOSIA - The three main candidates for the 2013 Presidential Elections in Cyprus will set out their positions on home governance and the economy in their third and final TV debate to take place on Monday night.
President of the main opposition right wing party Democratic Rally (DISY) Nikos Anastasiades, who is backed by centre right Democratic Party DIKO, Stavros Malas, who will run having secured the backing of the ruling left wing party AKEL, and the independent candidate, former foreign minister, Giorgos Lillikas, who is backed by the socialist party EDEK and others, will outline their views in the televised debate which will be broadcast live on all four main TV channels.
The first round of Presidential elections will take place on February 17. If no candidate receives over 50% of the vote then a run off election will take place on February 24 between the first two candidates to ‘cross the line’ at the first round.
The debate will be hosted at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CYBC) premises and broadcast live by the four biggest television stations in Cyprus. The debate is scheduled to start at 21.15 local time (19.15 GMT).
The three candidates will be questioned by the Directors of the news department of RIK, ANT-1, Sigma and Mega. The first debate on the economy was held on January 14th and the second on the Cyprus problem on 28th of the same month.
Incumbent President Demetris Christofias will not seek re-election.
Eleven candidates officially submitted their nominations on January 18 at the official nomination process for the forthcoming February 17 Presidential elections.
The other candidates are former Minister of Commerce, Tourism and Industry Praxoula Antoniadou Kyriakou, Makaria Andri Stylianou, Lakis Ioannou, Costas Kyriakou, also known as Utopus, Andreas Efstratiou, Loucas Stavrou, Solon Gregoriou and Georgios Charalambous.
For the first time in the history of Presidential elections in Cyprus, two women have joined the race for the Presidential office.
Presidential elections in Cyprus are held every five years. All citizens over the age of 18 have the right to vote in elections.
A total of 1,099 polling stations will be in operation in Cyprus during the elections, of which 417 in Nicosia, 313 in Limassol, 183 in Larnaca, 54 in Famagusta, and 132 in Paphos.
There will be a further 40 polling stations abroad, mainly in Greece and the United Kingdom, and others in Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Brussels, Bahrain, New York, Doha, Paris, Prague, Riyadh and Sofia.
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