Two objections were filed on Thursday as regards candidacies of the May 22 parliamentary elections, one in Limassol, the other in Nicosia, Returning Officer Demetris Demetriou said.
The deadline for objections on MP candidacies was Thursday at 12.30pm. On Wednesday, 494 candidacies were submitted – 180 in Nicosia, 29 for Kyrenia, 89 in Famagusta, 51 in Larnaca, 106 in Limassol, and 39 in Paphos.
According to Demetriou, one objection on a candidacy was submitted in Limassol, which has been investigated and rejected by the district’s returning officer.
The second objection, he said, was filed in Nicosia, against the independent candidate Costas Kyriacou, the 58-year-old farmer from Paphos who has been a candidate in all elections since 1998, and who goes by the name of Utopos. The Nicosia district Returning Officer Marios Panayides, asked the opinion of the attorney-general on the matter, Demetriou said. He added that the AG’s opinion will be taken into consideration before Panayides makes a decision. He refrained from saying by whom the appeal was made or the reasons stated.
Demetriou added that even though there is no deadline, the Returning Officer in charge, must decide whether to accept or reject the appeal as soon as possible, as time schedules are tight, and they want to proceed with printing the ballot papers promptly. He said that the AG’s office promised to give an answer within the day.
Following a meeting at the interior ministry with the Chief Returning Officer Constantinos Nicolaides and representatives of political parties, the draft ballot papers were inspected for all districts.
With the exception of Nicosia, Demetriou said, as the decision on Kyriacou’s candidacy is pending, no problems occurred with the ballot papers. He added that even if the issue of Kyriacou’s candidacy is not resolved, there will be no delays as the government printing office “has plenty to do for the printing of the ballot papers of the other districts”.
Meanwhile, speaking to Politis Radio, Utopos said that he aims to rule the world. He added that he supports the doctrine that says that the best regime is monarchy as long as the monarch is the best. “I am programmed to be the best,” he said.
Utopos, said that this time he was also going by the name “Exterminator” because he wanted to rid the world of unworthy rulers. He once more expressed his conviction that he actually received more than 73 per cent in the 2013 presidential elections but that the “system”, including secret services like the CIA and Mossad do not want him to become a ruler, “because then it will be the beginning of the collapse of the world system they preserve”.