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Mayoral race heats up in Peyia

The deputy mayor of Peyia municipality will stand as a candidate in the upcoming local elections and is garnering support from a number of political parties.

Marinos Lambrou has the support of four political parties, including the incumbent mayor’s party Akel and is also being backed by The Peyia Coalition of Independents, who have successfully elected a councillor in Peyia for the last decade.

Linda Leblanc said: “With our ten years of experience on the munici-pal council, we feel that Marinos Lambrou, currently the deputy mayor, is clearly the best candidate to support. There is a high level of co-operation to bring some much-needed change in Peyia.”

Peyia municipality has a large expat population and Leblanc said the expat vote will be a critical factor in many municipalities, in particular in electing a mayor and a Coalition representative on the council in Peyia.

She said for the past two years Lambrou has regularly attended Coalition monthly meetings to listen to residents’ views, answered questions and voiced his opinions. He has a good understanding of English, she noted, and is open to ‘foreign’ resident’s views.

“He has said that some of the problems facing Peyia are easier than others to resolve and one of the first things to tackle is cleaning the area up.”

Lambrou, 37, has a young family which he is bringing up in Peyia.

Current mayor Neofytos Akourshiotis has been in office for the last twelve years. He has widespread backing from staunch supporters, but there are also those that have voiced discontent.

A third candidate, Pantelis Harpas, is being supported by Disy and has sat as a councillor on a previous council.

Leblanc also confirmed that along with David Ball, she will stand again in the election for municipal councillors on their Coalition of Independents’ ticket.

Paphos District Officer Mary Lambrou announced this week that around 4,000 applications for registration on the electoral roll in the Paphos district were received, a large number compared to previous elections.

She said the completely new applications number more than 2,600, and 900 of those are EU residents.

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