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Thousands of new voters in the north

THE BREAKAWAY regime in the north is going to the polls on July 28 with 11,000 new voters, according to press reports.

Turkish Cypriot daily Haberdar yesterday quoted Nevvar Nolan, chairman of the ‘higher election council’ in the occupied north saying that the electoral roll has increased by 11,000 since the last ‘parliamentary’ elections in 2009, taking the total to 172,528.

Nolan was quoted saying the increase did not seem normal to him. He added that many voters registered on the list were not permanent residents of the north and should not be considered eligible to vote.

Nolan predicted that voter turnout on July 28 would not be as high as in 2009 when it reached around 82 per cent because many have already made plans to travel abroad.

Meanwhile, former Turkish tourism minister and current MP with the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ertugrul Gunay was quoted by Ankara Anatolia yesterday saying how easy it was to obtain ‘citizenship’ of the breakaway regime.

According to Turkish Cypriot daily Halkin Sesi, the Turkish MP said that during his last visit to the occupied north, someone asked to take a copy of his Turkish identity card and then, on its return he was also given ‘citizenship” of the regime.

Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu has made frequent public statements calling for the Greek Cypriots to allow everyone with ‘citizenship’ of the breakaway regime to also acquire citizenship of a united federal Republic of Cyprus in the event of a comprehensive peace solution.

The Greek Cypriot leadership argues that the number of Turkish settlers living in the occupied areas far exceeds the number of Turkish Cypriots, making acceptance of Eroglu’s demand impossible.

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