The UK Cypriot organisation ‘Cyprus Future’ is calling on all Cypriots in Britain to ensure they vote in the upcoming general election.
John Kaponi national chairman of Cyprus Future said it was important that all Cypriots ensured they were registered to vote and make an informed decision on the position of the political parties on issues that are particularly relevant to Cyprus.
“With all the opinion polls showing that this will be one of the closest general elections in recent times, every single vote counts. We have to demonstrate to the leadership of British major political parties that the Cypriot community can still have a decisive say on the outcomes of several parliamentary seats across London and the south east of England,” he said.
Kaponi said the Cypriot community in the last local elections saw a drop in the level of participation by members of the Cypriot Diaspora with a historically low turnout at the polls. Some estimates in key wards in north London estimate that between 5 and 10 per cent of Cypriots actually voted. Several long standing local councillors of Cypriot origin, as a result, lost their seats and the only Member of the European Parliament failed to be re-elected.
“Cyprus Future is calling on all registered voters in the United Kingdom who identify themselves as Cypriots to vote in the general election,” he said.
It is estimated in London there are over 150,000 Greek-Cypriot voters and around 75,000 Turkish-Cypriots, 10,000 Armenian and Maronites of Cypriot origin.
Kaponi said the seats where Cypriots could play a pivotal role included Enfield Southgate, Enfield North, Chipping Barnet, Edmonton, Finchley Golders Green, Hendon North, Hornsey, Wood Green
Hampstead & Kilburn, Chingford and Woodford Green, Holborn and St Pancras, Ilford North, Ilford South, Richmond Park, Tottenham and Wimbledon
Anyone who has not voted can visit the Government’s website and register to vote online https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.