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EU nationals can stand for EP elections

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EU NATIONALS resident in Cyprus now have the right to stand for election in the upcoming European Parliament vote, under a law passed yesterday.

The new law, passed to comply with a relevant EU directive, also lowers all candidates’ eligibility age from 25 to 21.

In addition, EU nationals residing in Cyprus can run for mayor.

The lowering of the eligibility age from 25 to 21 applies to elections for mayor, to municipal councils and for MEP, for both locals and EU nationals living here.

Voting times for EP elections has also been changed starting from 7am and closing at 6pm, in line with other elections conducted in Cyprus.

It also provides for information exchange between EU member-states for the purposes of determining whether an EU national is eligible to stand for election.

 

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