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.

He noted that we must not forget the importance of our participation, the importance of security for our country, adding that it was different being isolated and it is different today when we feel we belong to a family of 27 states, and not only.

President Anastasiades said that it was for this reason that he called on everyone to vote. It is our obligation to participate in these elections and that is why I welcome the fact that in this election process more and more Turkish Cypriots acknowledge the importance of Europe, because if we are speaking about European citizens, we are speaking about all legitimate citizens of the Republic of Cyprus, he pointed out.

Asked if he believed there would be a lower percentage of abstention today, President Anastasiades said he hoped so, adding that it was not only a Cypriot problem, but there were countries with a minimum turnout.

Source: Cyprus News Agency