CNA News – CNA – George Michael – Nicosia 27/01/2018 13:12

All set for the presidential elections on Sunday

All is set for the presidential elections, Chief Returning Officer Kypros Kyprianou has said, ahead of the elections on Sunday. Speaking at a press conference, Kyprianou said that the election will be monitored by a team of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The main objective of their mission, he said, is to monitor the election campaign and its coverage by the media, as well as the candidates election expenses.

Some 2,000 police officers on duty during Sundays presidential elections to ensure all runs smoothly

A police force of 2.000 men and women will be working during Sunday’s presidential elections on the island.Deputy Police Spokesman Stelios Stylianou said on Friday that the police force will make sure that everything runs smoothly in all districts, adding that a crisis management centre will operate at police headquarters.

International, Turkish and Turkish Cypriot media interested in covering Sundays presidential elections

International mass media, as well as media from Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot community have expressed their interest to cover the presidential elections that will take place in Cyprus on January 28. CNA has learnt that media organisations from European and Arab countries have expressed their interest to cover the elections.

Rumours for Cyprus Cooperative Bank have created operational problems, says the Bank’s CEO

CEO of Cyprus Cooperative Bank Nicholas Hadjiyiannis said on Friday that rumours surrounding the Bank have created some operational problems, adding that the Coop was directly or indirectly involved in the presidential election campaign. At the same time, he urged everyone to leave the Bank out of the campaign. In statements on the sidelines of the 1st Cyprus Conference on Agriculture in Larnaca, Hadjiyiannis said that “we want the Cooperative Bank to remain committed to business and operational matters and away from any other expediencies that disorient the course of modernization that has begun.”

House President and Irish Ambassador discuss Cyprus issue, bilateral ties

House President Demetris Syllouris met on Friday with the new Ambassador of Ireland to Cyprus, Deirdre Ni Fhalluin, and discussed developments concerning the Cyprus issue, bilateral relations and other issues. According to an official announcement, the two sides talked about Britain’s decision to leave the EU as well as on how to strengthen bilateral parliamentary relations even further.

Green City Awards presented to local authorities

The Green City CY Awards were presented on Friday to seven Municipalities and two Community Councils for their environmental actions. The local authorities were also presented with the Green Flag, during an event held at the Presidential Palace.The Municipality of Aradippou, in Larnaka district, which had the highest score, was given an award for its Animal Waste Management Plant and for the project it has implemented titled “Smart City: Improving the city with smart ideas” whereas the Municipality of Aglantzia, in Nicosia district, received an award for its “Pay As You Throw” project and for a cleaning campaign to raise awareness on the reduction of waste.

Source: Cyprus News Agency