COMMENTS about how dead people remained in the electoral roll have been blown out of proportion, interior minister Socrates Hasikos said on Tuesday.
He said information revealed by head of the election service Demetris Demetriou on Monday was misunderstood and the exact issue the civil registry faces needed to be clarified.
“There is no problem with people who have died after 2000 but the people who passed away before this year had no ID on their death certificate, so it was difficult to update the registry. It is for this reason a new system of registry was introduced but problems from the old registry have carried themselves over,” he said.
On Monday Demetriou has highlighted people who were registered dead turned up at elections, while thousands who had died were still listed as voting citizens.
The Interior Minister said efforts are already being made to align its data with that of the deaths registry.
In terms of the electoral roll, the comparison with the deaths registry has already been made and has identified 2,289 citizens on the electoral roll that died before 31/12/2000. The process to correctly list these citizens as deceased in the civil registry and subsequently automatically delete them from the electoral roll has begun.