European Elections 2019: Polling stations in Cyprus close for one-hour break, turnout at 18%

Polling stations across the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus for the European Parliament elections closed at 1200 local time for a one-hour break, with the turnout standing at 18%, compared to 18% in the 2014 European Elections, 30% in the 2016 Parliamentary Elections and 30% in the 2018 Presidential Elections

The polling station s will reopen at 1300 and voting will continue until 1800. The final results will be given by the Chief Returning Officer at midnight.

The turnout at 1200 in Nicosia was 24%, compared to 22% in the 2014 European Elections, 31% in the 2016 Parliamentary Elections and 34% in the 2018 Presidential Elections. In Limassol, the turnout was 18% compared to 17%, 30% and 26%, Famagusta 19% compared to 16%, 28% and 28%, Larnaca 21% compared to 19%, 27% and 29%, Paphos 21% compared to 19%, 32% and 33%, and abroad 17% compared to 13%, 15% and 18%.

At the special polling stations for Turkish Cypriot voters, the turnout at 1200 was 3.3% compared to 1.35% in the 2014 European Elections.

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.

A total of 641,181 people are eligible to vote in the European elections in Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency