The six MEPs from Cyprus. From left to right: Kyriakos Triantafillides (left-reelected), Antigoni Papadopoulou (center-new MEP), Ioannis Kasoulides (right-reelected), Eleni Theocharous (right - new MEP), Takis Hadjigeorgiou (left - new MEP) and Kyriakos Mavronikolas (Socialist - new MEP)
European Parliament elections took place Saturday in Cyprus with 58,8% of voters casting their vote.
The percentage of abstention reached 41,12%.
Although the percentage of abstention may not seem high to many of you, still it is the highest recorded ever for elections in Cyprus.
President of Cyprus Demetris Christofias casts his vote
Abstention was the winner at EP elections in Cyprus. All raise great concerns
A Turkish Cypriot casts her vote
Abstention has caused great concern and political parties and government officials are now trying to understand what went wrong. Was it their fault, was it the pre election campaign, - which in my view focused on anything else but on the EP - was it the long weekend (Monday being a holiday and most Cypriots went to the beach) or was it an EU trend spreading in Cyprus as well.
I wonder: Are Cypriots becoming Europeans, ie, have they started not to care about EP elections? And if so, then “Whose fault is this?”
The beach was more attractive, many watched the beach volley of the Games of Small States of Europe, hosted in Cyprus
Island-wide overall turnout for the European elections was 58.88%, while abstentions reached 41.12%
Chief Returning Officer Lazaros Savvides has expressed his disappointment regarding the poor turnout in the elections for the six members of the European Parliament to represent Cyprus.
”These results are extremely disappointing.”, he said.
Replying to questions, Savvides said that it appears the largest percentage of abstention was among young persons up to 25 years of age and the greatest percentage of participation among persons over 50 years old.
According to the exit polls, the right wing opposition Democratic Rally Party secures the first position with around 36% followed by the ruling left wing AKEL party with 35%.
They both elect two MEPs each.
A father comes to vote with his child
The surprise came from the Democratic Party, which had great losses, reaching only 12% in comparison to almost 18% at the previous elections. Nevertheless, the party elects one MEP, just like at the EP elections of 2004.
Exit polls show that the Socialists have managed this time to elect their first MEP and raise their percentages by 2% (8% at previous elections, 10% in 2009)
2 out of the 6 Cypriot MEPs are women