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Votes with wrong symbol won’t count says returning officer

Voters in Sunday’s election were on Monday warned to use the right symbols on ballots otherwise their vote will not count.

“According to the electoral law, the only symbols with which voters are allowed to vote, are the ‘x’ or ‘+’ or ‘√’,” a Chief Returning Officer announcement said.

In the case voters use any other symbol or letter, “with which his or her identity may be revealed, their ballot will be considered as invalid”.

Voters must choose the designated number of candidates for each district from the same party/coalition, it said.

In Nicosia votes are made for five candidates, in Limassol and Famagusta three, Larnaca two and one in Paphos and Kyrenia, it said.

A total of 542,915 people have registered to vote in the parliamentary elections at 1,136 polling stations.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 6pm on Sunday with a break between 12pm and 1pm. The same hours apply to polling stations in Greece. In the UK, polling stations will be open between 8am and 4pm, local time, with a half hour break at noon.

“On the day before and on election day, the broadcasting, advertising or publication of any news or announcements, with payment or without payment, related directly or indirectly to the election, are prohibited, except for announcements or news transmitted by the Chief Returning Officer,” the announcement said.

Also, according to the Electoral Law, on the eve of and during election day, “public gatherings are banned as well as any speeches and public debates on any issues that are directly or indirectly related to the elections”.

The announcement also said that voting is compulsory and the law provides that “any voter who fails to exercise his right to vote is guilty of an offence and if convicted, is liable to a fine not exceeding €341”.
All registered voters may find out where to vote through the online service Where to Vote, at http://wtv.elections.moi.gov.cy/English or call 77772212 on weekdays between 8am and 6pm, and Saturdays between 8am and 1pm. This service will be offered during election day, throughout voting.

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