Only 12% of the young eligible voters have been registered, says Electoral Head

Only 12% of the eligible new voters have been registered to vote in the municipal elections set to take place in December 2016.

Head of the Election Office in the Ministry of Interior Demetris Demetriou told CNA that the registration of new voters ended Monday, October, 3.

In total, 16.289 applications were received, of which 3.652 were submitted by young Greek Cypriots, 17 by Turkish Cypriots, while 4.345 EU citizens permanently residing in Cyprus applied. The remaining applications were for voters change of address.

“The percentage of young people registered is 12% of the total eligible voters”, Demetriou said, adding that the Service is puzzled over the lack of interest shown by young people, however, he said this phenomenon should specially trouble the political leadership.

According to data from the Electoral Office, the elections will be held for a total of 39 municipalities, of which nine are occupied as well as for 348 villages in the free areas of the Republic of Cyprus and 142 communities in the Turkish occupied part of the island.

Asked about the expenditure for local / municipal elections to be held on December 18, 2016, Demetriou said it would be in the order of 3.3 million euros.

Municipal elections are held in Cyprus every five years.

Source: Cyprus News Agency