Cyprus Mail

December 30 deadline for Paphos mayor candidates

By Constantinos Psillides

A TOTAL of 18,203 people have the right to vote in the special Paphos mayoral election on January 11, according to election commissioner Yiannakis Mallourides.

Around 12 per cent of the voters are not native Cypriots. The election will commence at 7.00am and wrap up at 6.00pm with a one hour break at noon.

Mallourides told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that candidates can officially file their candidacy on December 30 at the Paphos district offices. This is the first election since the House of Representatives lowered the candidate’s age limit from 25 to 21.

The elections were announced by Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos earlier this month, after former mayor Savvas Vergas stepped down on December 2. Vergas resigned his post following an avalanche of alleged wrongdoings regarding a shady land deal, death threats sent to municipal councillors and a reporter, a tennis court built on public property and the town’s Sewage Board scandal, in which contractors admitted to bribing officials so they could secure government contracts.

A number of candidates have stepped up to replace Vergas. Aristos Vassiliades, an economist, appears to be the front runner since his candidacy is backed by three major parliamentary parties, AKEL, DIKO and EDEK.

Municipal councillor Fedonas Fedonos – one of the people that received a death threat – is backed by ruling party DISY.

They will be facing Green candidate Antreas Masouras and the Citizens’ Alliance candidate Doros Pafitis.

Also in the race are independent candidates Andreas Chrysanthou, Andreas Efstratiou, Sofia Hambiaouridou and Vaggelis Mavronikolas.

Meanwhile, Yeroskipou municipality along with seven communities are demanding €5 million back from the town’s Sewage Board, claiming that the contractors did a lousy job in constructing the town’s sewage system.

Yeroskipou mayor Michalis Pavlides – who also serves as the deputy head of the Sewage Board – told CyBC on Friday that his municipality will be joining with seven more communities that feel they have been cheated by the “shoddy” work delivered by contractors.

“Some people knew and they turned a blind eye to what was going on,” Pavlides told CyBC, claiming that the roadwork in Yeroskipou is in shambles due to the sewage construction work.

The Yeroskipou mayor said that the money will be spent towards repaving the roads.

He added that his municipality will hire an independent firm to run stress tests on the roads delivered by the contractors, in order to prove that they didn’t adhere to the specifications laid out in their contracts.



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