CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 26/05/2019 11:49

European Elections 2019: Polling stations open in Cyprus for European Parliament elections

Polling stations opened at 0700 local time across the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus for the European Parliament elections. Voting will continue until 1800 with a one-hour break from 1200 till 1300. The final results will be given by the Chief Returning Officer at midnight. A total of 72 candidates from Cyprus are competing for six seats in the European Parliament. Of the 72 candidates, 69 are backed by political parties or coalitions, and three are independent. Candidates also include nine Turkish Cypriots who are citizens of the Republic of Cyprus. At 1000 local time, the turnout stood at 7.3%, compared to 6.4% in the European Elections of 2014, 10% at the Parliamentary Elections of 2016 and 10% at the Presidential Elections of 2018.

European Elections 2019: We have a duty to vote, President Anastasiades says

It is our duty to vote in the European Elections, President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Sunday, after casting his vote at a polling station in Limassol. This is yet another day that democracy is celebrating, a day we decide on the large family of the European Union, a day when we wan to send a strong message about the Europe we want, a Europe with a common foreign policy, a single monetary policy, a policy that will be a policy of cohesion and solidarity, and especially a Europe with common borders, President Anastasiades said.

European Elections 2019: Police on alert for Sunday’s elections in Cyprus

The Police Force is on alert in Cyprus, implementing a plan drafted specially for Sunday’s European Elections, carried out in the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus. Police Spokesman Andreas Angelides told CNA that the plan was launched early on Sunday morning. He said Police officers have been posted at polling stations, while patrols are being carried out. So far, he added, there have been no problems or complaints.

Countries should prepare for prisons digital transformation, senior CoE official tells CNA

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly entering all spheres of life and prisons are part of this process, says Jan Kleijssen, Director at the Council of Europe’s Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate, who speaks about a digital transformation in this field. Kleijssen, who was recently in Ayia Napa to attend the 24th Council of Europe Conference of Directors of Prison and Probation Services, notes in an interview with the Cyprus News Agency that prison and probation services need to be ready for the transformation this is going to cause to their organisational and managerial structures very soon.

Cypriot firefighting mission returns to Cyprus after helping out in Israel wildfires

A firefighting mission from Cyprus, comprising two Forestry Department aircraft, manned with two crew each and a four people ground support team, who traveled to Israel to help with combating recent wildfires, are set to return now that the fires are under control, the Forestry Department’s Chief Charalambos Alexandrou has told CNA.

Recycling Festival raises awareness through music, games and dance

The 9th Environment and Recycling Festival aims to raise the public’s awareness through music, games and dance. We are here today at the Akropolis Park, at the 9th Recycling Festival, the weather is very beautiful and we urge parents to come together with their little ones so that they can be trained in recycling programmes in an interesting way, Green Dot General Manager Marios Vrahimis told CNA once the festival, which will continue until the evening, was underway on Saturday.

Source: Cyprus News Agency