Cyprus Mail

‘Tragic’ rise in young voter apathy

Young voters celebrating during the 2011 parliamentary elections

YOUNG Cypriots appear to be turning their backs on politics with the number of new registrations on the electoral roll presenting a “tragic” picture.

According to electoral service director Demetris Demetriou on Monday, out of the 37,000 youths who are eligible to vote in May’s parliamentary elections, a mere 1,328 have registered so far.

“Unfortunately the picture is disappointing, there is minimal response and if compared with the respective period of 2011 it appears to be tragic,” he said.

In the same period of 2011, 4,920 people had registered. The total number of those eligible was not immediately available but it is understood to have been lower.

It was same for overseas polling stations, which saw 38 registrations compared with 5,096 in 2011.

The 37,000 concern people born between January 1, 1990 and May 22, 1998.

The number of registered voters overall is 534,176.



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