41 MEP hopefuls in Cyprus

Until today Cypriot voters were presented with 41 candidates for the 6 positions for MEPs from Cyprus.


The Eurobus, travelling around Cyprus, promoting the right wing DISY candidates

All parliamentary political parties presented their candidates.

And here are some statistics I gathered for you.

1. 10 of the 41 candidates are women (24%)
2. 4 of the women candidates come from the Green Party
3. Three of Cyprus’ current six MEPs wish to be re-elected (Kasoulides, Matsakis and Triantafyllides)
4. There are 8 Members of the Cypriot Parliament who are candidates (out of the 56 MPs)
5. There is also one journalist!!!!! (so, my profession is represented only by 2,4%) What a shame!



The logo of the left wing AKEL party

The candidates come from:

1. The left - wing AKEL ruling party,
2. The right - wing DISY opposition party,
3. The centre Democratic Party (participates in government with AKEL)
4. The Socialist Party EDEK (also participates in government with AKEL)
5. The European Party
6. The Ecologists and Environmentalists Movement (Cyprus’ Green Party)
7. The Movement for Cyprus’ reunification
8. There is one independent (Matsakis, who is already an MEP)

AKEL and DISY parties are expected to elect again two MEPs each, DIKO one. EDEK, Cyprus’ Socialists are flirting with the sixth seat. EDEK did not manage to elect an MEP in 2004.


DIKO, the Democratic Party


Meanwhile, the official results of the European Parliament Elections to be held in Cyprus on 6 June will be announced on Sunday, June 7, after the end of the voting in all EU-member states, Cypriot Minister of Interior Neoclis Sylikiotis has announced.



EDEK, Cyprus’ Socialists

Cyprus will participate for the second time in the EP elections. The first time was in June 2004, only one month after Cyprus’ accession to the EU. Cyprus is represented at the EP by six MEPs.

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10 Responses to “41 MEP hopefuls in Cyprus”

  1. What is shame - that the journalist is candidating or that he is the only journalist doing so? :)

  2. Athena ARSALIDOU Athena ARSALIDOU says:

    hi Anita,

    you can see it both ways, I guess! ;)

  3. A nice post, Athena!

    Is there any indication of what the results might be? I know it’s very early!

  4. Stergios MAVRIKIS Stergios MAVRIKIS says:

    The less journalists are involved with politics the better it is, in my humble opinion. I think we have enough liars by profession, and – as a journalist – I m sure you know what I mean.

  5. Athena ARSALIDOU Athena ARSALIDOU says:

    Hi Josef,

    The results depend to a great extent on the percentage of people who will actually go and vote.

    Although Cypriots traditionally do vote every time they have elections, this time it is different, due to the holiday which follows on Monday. So, it is expected that around only 65% of Cypriots will vote, in comparison to 74% who voted for EP elections in 2004.

    As regards the results, there are no big surprises to be expected.

    AKEL and DISY will be the two parties to struggle for the first position, their difference will be minor.

    They will both elect two MEPs each.

    DIKO will follow with one MEP and I think this time EDEK, the Socialists, will manage to secure the sixth MEP.

    And Stergios, yes, I agree with you!

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  7. Very helpful information. Thanks, great share.

  8. Wow sometime a nice article about our country on the net. Thanks for posting it.

    W Cyprus! :)

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