Turkish Cypriot turnout shows increase

The turnout of Turkish Cypriots crossing to the government-controlled areas of the Republic has increased.

Hundreds of Turkish Cypriots voted by midday, most of them crossing from the nine checkpoints along the buffer zone with their families. The biggest turnout was at the special election centre set up near Ledra Palace.

No incidents were reported. President Nicos Anastasiades, Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides and head of the European commission Delegation in Cyprus Andreas Kettis visited the special polling station set up in Nicosia for Turkish Cypriot voters.

Turkish Cypriots told CNA said that the what is most important is the feeling of a common future for both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Cyprus, should be one, without division or racism, in a democratic and free Europe.

It also gave them a sense of freedom to cross to the government-controlled areas and walk towards Europe and the world.

Ahmet Deria, 67, said although Cyprus became a member of the EU in 2004, Turkish Cypriots living in the occupied areas cannot fully enjoy the benefits of the EU, as the acquis is only applicable in the free areas.

The media in the north is reporting on the election process and the President’s statements as well as statements by political leaders and Turkish Cypriot candidates.

A total of 81,611 Turkish Cypriots are registered to vote at the 50 polling stations in the Republic, set up for Turkish Cypriots living in the Turkish-occupied areas.

The results of voting in Cyprus are expected to be ready at 2030 local time and will be announced at midnight.

Source: Cyprus News Agency