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Voter turnout highest in Paphos (updated)

Voter turnout on Sunday was highest in Paphos with 72.31 per cent going to the polls, while the island wide figure was 67.37 per cent.

According to Paphos district officer Mary Lambrou, of the registered 42,428 residents 11,748 or 27,69 per cent did not vote.

Of the 30,680 ballots, 30,021 or 97,85 per cent were valid, 436 (1,41 per cent) void and 223 (0.73 per cent) blank.

130 polling stations operated during the parliamentary elections in Paphos. On Sunday, 554 people were paid to help out, of whom 150 were unemployed graduates. 200 members of the police force also worked around Paphos.

The island wide turnout of 67.37 per cent indicates the highest-ever abstention rate barring those of the European Parliament elections. President Nicos Anastasiades said in a written statement after the fi-nal results that the abstention rate should trouble all the political parties.

House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou also commented on the low turnout, saying the abstention rate in the elections demonstrates the lack of trust citizens have and should send messages to all.

In a written statement on Monday, Omirou said that the people’s verdict is respected, however the abstention shows that the lack of public confidence in the political process remains a major weakness in democracy.

He pointed out that measures should be adopted to restore people’s trust and everyone should reflect on the phenomenon.


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