DISY-backed Fedonas Fedonos won the Paphos mayoral by-election on Sunday with slightly over 49 per cent of the vote against 27.5 per cent of second-place Aristos Vassiliades, who was backed by opposition parties DIKO, AKEL and EDEK.
Voting in the mayoral by-election wrapped up in Pafos at 6pm with Yiannakis Mallourides, the chief returning officer, announcing that the turnout was 53 per cent.
According to Mallourides, 9,532 out of 18,000 registered voters went to the polls, with the abstention rate standing at 47 per cent. He noted that the abstention rate might be the highest ever in local elections in Cyprus.
The eight candidates for the office are independent candidate Aristos Vassiliades, backed by three opposition parties AKEL, DIKO and EDEK, municipal councillor Fedonas Fedonos, who is supported by the ruling DISY party, Citizens’ Alliance-supported Doros Paphitis, Green Party-supported Andreas Masouras and independent candidates Sophie Hambiaouridou, Chrysanthos Chrysanthou, Andreas Chrysanthou and Vangelis Mauronikolas.
The elections were held to replace DIKO’s Savvas Vergas, who resigned his post as he became the focus of a corruption investigation connected to the construction of the town’s sewerage system.
Along with Vergas, police have charged the sewerage board director Eftychios Malekkides, former municipal DIKO councillor Efstathios Efstathiou, former DISY councillor Giorgos Michaelides, former AKEL councillor Vasos Vasileiou and current AKEL councillor Giorgos Sialis.