The Citizens’ Alliance on Thursday asked Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos to intervene because the logo of the Green Party-Citizen’s Cooperation resembled their own and was causing confusion.
In a letter, the party’s spokesman Alexandros Michaelides, called on Hasikos to interfere “for the restoration of the principle of mutual respect and distinctiveness”.
The Greens changed their name and logo in February to Green Party-Citizens’ Cooperation, when they announced their cooperation with a number of civil society organisations, and the inclusion of their representatives on its ticket for the May 22 parliamentary elections.
“The specific logo, in our opinion, aims to create confusion among members of the public as to the Citizens’ Alliance, since it refers to a Green Party-Citizen’s Cooperation,” the letter said.
Reasonably, it said, many people ask us if we have a joint ticket with the Greens, which proves that the members of the public perceive ‘Citizens’ Cooperation’ to be the ‘Citizens’ Alliance’.
“The same mistake was also made by the Famagusta district officer, who initially did not invite the Citizens’ Alliance at the information session on electoral matters,” the letter said.
The party blamed the Greens for “deliberately trying to create confusion” since the name Citizens’ Cooperation “leads to” that of Citizens’ Alliance.
“While the Greens’ colour is green, for the Citizens’ Cooperation, blue was chosen, which is the font colour of the Citizens’ Alliance,” it said.
“All of these, prove deliberate effort on behalf of the Greens to create confusion among citizens,” it said.
In response, the Green Party-Citizens’ Cooperation said in an announcement that it was “unprecedented for a party to appeal the decision of the Pancyprian conference of another political movement, more so, with a lapse of six months”.
It said the party would preserve their right to exist in political life against “unethical attacks”.
Deputy Chief Returning Officer Demetris Demetriou said that for him, “there was no issue as regards the logos”.
“Those who want to vote for Citizens’ Alliance will know where to cast their vote, and those who want to vote for the Green Party-Citizens’ Cooperation, will find the specific combination (on the ticket) to cast their vote,” Demetriou said.