VOTERS will be able to exercise their voting rights in the upcoming parliamentary elections in May, by presenting just their identity cards, the House Interior committee said.
The committee said that all voters, registered on the electoral roll, will still have the option to present their voting booklets if they wish to, but they will also be able to vote by presenting just their IDs.
Committee head Yiannos Lamaris of AKEL said that this is a step towards the gradual abolition of the voting booklet and that the suggestion was accepted by all relevant state services and the Interior ministry.
“We want to abolish the voting booklet, which requires a certain process (to issue), which is also a waste of time and I believe the ID card can very well be used for the elections,” he said.
DISY MP Andreas Kyprianou said that after this decision it is certain that the vast majority of people will choose to vote with the document they always have on them, and that is their ID card.
To avoid any misunderstanding, he said, people over 18 who are not yet included in the electoral rolls, will still need to register by submitting their applications to the interior ministry, and then they too will be able to vote either with their ID cards or voting booklets.