A poll conducted in the north ahead of parliamentary elections in January has caused a stir after Democratic Party leader Serdar Denktash accused the company behind it of being corrupt.
According to Turkish Cypriot press on Wednesday, Denktash accused research company Gezici of offering him $500,000 to show his party in second place in the poll results.
Conducted between November 18-20 with 4,267 individuals, the results revealed National Unity Party (UBP) would have the most seats in parliament with 34.2 per cent of the votes.
The Republican Turkish Party (CTP) would come in second place with 22.1 per cent of the votes in the parliamentary elections set to be held in the north on January 7, the poll showed, according to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).
People’s Party (HP) would obtain 18.2 per cent of the votes while the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) would have 13.7 per cent support, Gezici’s poll revealed.
Rebirth Party (YDP) would just make the cut to get a seat in parliament with 5.1 per cent of votes while Denktash’s Democratic Party (DP) would not garner enough support to get an MP in parliament, having 4.2 per cent of votes.
Communal Liberation Party – New Forces (TKP-YG) would also fail to get a seat with 1.8 per cent support, the poll showed.
Denktash had initially responded with a video posted on his social media, saying his party had proven it could emerge victorious in every election despite all the surveys and that the DP would post a video every day at 7pm to tell people the truth about what’s really happening in current affairs.
Afrika newspaper quoted Denktash saying he was approached by Gezici with an offer to show the DP in second place in the polls, in exchange for $500,000.
Mehmet Cakici, who formerly headed the TDP and founded the Communal Liberation Party, said the results were false and there had been intervention from abroad, CNA quoted him as saying.
He called on Turkish Cypriots not to be influenced by the results and questioned why “Turkish companies” were conducting the polls when there are universities in the north
HP leader Kudret Ozersay said UBP appeared to be first in the poll raking 34.2 per cent of the votes would end up on its own as no other party would want to cooperate with it. As a result, it would not have the majority seats in parliament, he was quoted as saying.
Gezici in a written statement said efforts to undermine the accuracy of the poll results were unsubstantiated, CNA reported.