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Greens say they lost extra seat due to threshold change, seek legal advice

Giorgos Perdikis voting on Sunday

The head of the Green Party-Citizens Cooperation Giorgos Perdikis said on Monday they were contemplating going to court to ask for a change of the electoral threshold because if the bar had not been raised the party would have had a third seat in parliament.

Commenting on the percentage the Greens secured in the elections, 4.8 per cent, makes them “the biggest green party in southern Europe”, which strengthens its position at European level but also within the Cypriot society.

The Greens-Citizens Cooperation received almost 17,000 votes, almost double the votes they earned in last parliamentary elections on 2011, and increased their seats to two.

Perdikis said the “fight would concentrate against injustice and scandals and on the protection of the environment and the rights of citizens”.

His party however, Perdikis said, feels wronged by the result. The electoral threshold was raised to 3.6 per cent from 1.8 per cent, following a proposal by DISY and AKEL.

By changing the electoral threshold, he said, the two major parties had not succeeded in excluding the Green Party (from parliament), “but managed to clip the size of our success”.

“We have consulted our legal advisers and more likely we will resort to the Electoral Court.”

He said that the Green Party was excluded from the third distribution of seats, when other parties with fewer votes took one or two seats.

He thanked voters and pledged to plant “more than 20,000 trees the next five years”.

He also expressed hope that the election results have made the big parties “wiser” to “turn to society and deal with the problems of real people”.

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