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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-05-22

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    President of the Republic Tassos Papadopopoulos said here that in the effort for a free and united Cyprus, no one can be spared and no one can be absent.

    In a written statement after voting ended in Sunday`s elections for the 56 seats at the House of Representatives, President Papadopoulos told reporters at the Presidential Palace that as of tomorrow all jointly must handle together the challenges that may arise before us and fight to achieve the great aim, which is a functional and viable solution to the Cyprus problem.

    In his statement to the press, President Papadopoulos said the elections were carried out in an impeccable manner, worthy of our democratic tradition and the increased demands of the citizens of a modern European state.

    I want to note and praise the political maturity and the high level of democratic political spirit demonstrated by the whole of the electorate. Contrary to some intense pre-electoral verbal confrontations, the electorate has voted in a civilized, calm manner, he underlined.

    President Papadopoulos said that according to police reports there has been no incident involving conflict or confrontation among the voters. I praise this high level of political ethos and for this I congratulate our democratic people. This is the first and foremost aspect I wish to highlight. And for that I wish to commend first and foremost the voters as well as the political party leaderships.

    President Papadopoulos said the Chief Returning Officer Mr Lazaros Savvides, the District Returning Officers, the Police, the Civil Service personnel, the political party representatives and everyone who has contributed in the organizing and conducting of todays elections, are all worthy of a public praise and of our congratulations.

    ``In my statement this morning I had called on the citizens to vote and thus exercise their electoral right, pointing out that participating in elections is the blood vessel of a democratic life. I am happy to see that the citizens have showed that they share this democratic principle, he said.

    Thus, it is with great satisfaction that I note that the percentage of participation in the elections, despite a small decrease, remains very high, of the highest in recent years, in Europe, he added.

    With their participation the citizens have proved once again that democracy is deeply rooted in our country and that they remain determined to have a say and role in crucial matters which concern the future of our country as well as their own personal course in the years to come, he added.

    President Papadopoulos said the election results constitute a useful basis in order to extract the correct messages.

    I am confident that all political powers in the country, each one from their own perspective, will assess correctly these messages, will respect with deeds the expression of the peoples will and will direct their actions according to the choices of our people, he added.

    He pledged that the government, reinforced by the messages sent out by these elections, will carry on its work in order to complete the implementation of the government program. Our final goal and pursuit is for every citizen to enjoy the quality of life they are entitled to, in an environment of equality, security and growth for all.

    The elections are over. I call on all to leave behind any tensions and confrontations of the pre-election period, said President Papadopoulos.

    In democracy there are no winners and losers. Democracy is the sole winner as well as our people who have proved their political maturity and culture, he said.

    Starting tomorrow, he added, we must all jointly deal with possible great challenges that may arise.

    We must give the battle to succeed in our great goal. A solution that will truly be functional and viable. A united and free country. In this effort no one can be spared or be absent. United we shall proceed. And united we shall succeed, President Papadopoulos concluded.


    With left-wing AKEL remaining the first political force on the island with 31.16%, opposition Democratic Rally following second with 30.33% and the Democratic Party and Social Democrats increasing their percentages, the electoral process for the new 56-seat House of Representatives ended here Monday.

    The percentages of the two large parties, AKEL and DISY went down by around 3% for each party.

    From a total of 501,024 registered voters at 1,248 polling stations, a total of 55.035 or 10,98% people abstained and 445,989 or 89.02% voted. There were 14,737 or 3.30% invalid votes, 10,104 or 2. 27% were blank and a total of 421.148 were valid, a percentage of 94.43%.

    AKEL received 131,237 votes, a percentage of 31.16%, marking a 3.55% decrease since the 2001 parliamentary elections, while the Democratic Rally garnered 127,734 votes, a percentage of 30.33% and a 3.67% drop.

    The Democratic Party received 75,429 votes or 17.91% with an increase of 3.07% while EDEK got 37,531 votes or 8,91% marking a rise 2.40% rise.

    The European Party secured 24,152 or 5.73% and a percentage of 0.58%, the Ecologists 8,192 votes or 1,95% and a drop of 0.03%, and the United Democrats received 6,563 votes or 1.56% and a 1.03% drop.

    The Free Citizens Movement received 5,155 votes or 1,22%, a percentage of 1.22% and the European Democracy scored 1,861 votes or 0.44% and a 0.44%, percentage, while the Political Movement of Hunters received 1.111 or 0.26% and a percentage of 0.26%. The Popular Socialist Movement (LASOK) 0.23% did not secure a seat. Independent candidates received between 0.11% and 0.01%.


    The Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides announced here Monday the final allocation of seats that were secured by candidates during Sundays Parliamentary elections.

    Left wing AKEL secured a total of 18 seats with six seats in Nicosia, one in Kyrenia, four in Famagusta, four in Limassol, two in Larnaca and one in Paphos.

    The Democratic Rally also received a total 18 seats, with six in Nicosia, one in Kyrenia, four in Famagusta, two in Larnaka, four in Limassol and one in Paphos.

    The Democratic Party garnered 11 seats, with five in Nicosia, two in Limassol and one each in Famagusta, Kyrenia, Larnaca and Paphos.

    Social Democrats Movement EDEK gained five seats with two in Nicosia, and one each in Famagusta, Limassol and Paphos.

    The European Party got three seats, one each in Nicosia, Famagusta and Limassol.

    The Green Party received one seat in Nicosia.


    Armenians, Maronites and Latins on the island chose their representatives during Sunday`s parliamentary elections.

    Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides announced that Vartkes Mahtesian was elected representative for the Armenian religious group, Antonis Hatzirousos for the Maronite group and Benito Mantovani representative for the Latins group.

    The three representatives do not have the right to vote in the House of Representatives.

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