Presidential candidate Andreas Efstratiou will have to pay €20,000 to the state election services after more than half a million ballot paper were destroyed in the run up to last years presidential election when he used the Guinness World Record logo without the company’s consent.
The ballot papers had to be reprinted at a cost of €40,000 according to the interior ministry.
Efstratiou had used the logo in 2007 when he was a candidate for the presidential elections and had received permission from Guinness to use their logo.
In a letter in 2011 Guinness had told Efstratiou, who runs a bridal shop in Paphos, to stop using their logo for election purposes.
Election services were forced to reprint all 575,000 ballot papers for last February’s presidential election after Guinness World Records objected.
Efstratiou currently holds the Guinness World Record for creating the longest wedding gown train at 1,362 metres in 2007. He no longer holds the record, which now belongs to Lichel van den Ende of the Netherlands for a 2,488-metre train.
In a letter sent to the former world record holder, the interior ministry has asked that Efstratiou pay half of the cost of reprinting the ballot papers, which comes to €20,000
He has run for president twice before in 2003 and 2008, winning less than 1,000 votes in each ballot.