Anastasiades calls on all Cypriot citizens to vote in today’s presidential elections

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and candidate for re-election Nicos Anastasiades has called on all citizens to exercise their right to vote, pointing out that abstention is toleration.

Speaking after casting his vote at a polling station in Limassol in Sunday’s run-off presidential elections, Anastasiades said today is the day that the citizens express themselves and the people’s verdict will determine who will be the President for the next five years.

I warmly call on every citizen, irrespective of ideological or political party identity, whether they are indifferent or actively involved, whether they voted or did not vote last Sunday: Do not abandon your right to decide who will be the next President. I call on the citizens as a whole to participate and make their choices, according to their own judgement, he said.

Anastasiades noted that our homeland has many problems yet to face and what is needed is everyone’s cooperation, adding that, irrespective of who will be the winner tonight, as of tomorrow it must be a new day for all of us, from all of us for all of us.

I repeat, abstention is toleration. Abstention is as if others decide for those who far from the ballot box think they express a view. Participation will decide and it will determine the future of our homeland, Anastasiades pointed out.

Asked if last Sunday’s high percentage of abstention was expected, Anastasiades said it was not. I must admit it was not for presidential elections. It was something that must be recorded, he said, noting that this was the reason he insisted today on the necessity for the people to vote and decide.

Source: Cyprus News Agency