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Low interest among new voters for municipal elections

Vote counters during municipal elections

Only 12 per cent of all eligible new voters, 3,652 of 32,894, have registered to vote in the municipal elections on December 18.

According to the head of the electoral office Demetris Demetriou the deadline for registration or corrections of existing entries was October 3.

Until then, a total of 16,289 requests were made, most for the transfer of voting rights from one region to another due to

address changes.
Some 3,652 were new registrations by residents who were born between January 1, 1990 and December 18, 1998.

“The number is 12 per cent of eligible voters,” Demetriou said, adding that this concerns the electoral office but must be particularly worrying for the political leadership.

Voters must be 18 years old by December 18, when elections are held at 39 municipalities.

In total 542,077 Cypriots and 12,508 permanent residents of Cyprus who have the right to vote were counted on July 2, an amount that is expected to change after the addition of new voters and the removal of dead ones.

Asked how much the elections in December will cost, Demetriou said the cost will be in the region of €3.3 million.

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