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Over 560,000 registered to vote on Sunday

Election officials during a news conference on Friday

The results of the municipal elections, if all runs smoothly will be known by around 10pm on Sunday, Chief Returning Officer Constantinos Nicolaides said on Friday.

While the names of the new mayors will be known by that time, members of the municipal/community councils and school district boards will be announced in the morning hours on Monday, he said.

Based on the final electoral list, the total number of registered voters is 561,376, including 16,740 voters who are citizens of other Member States of the European Union. Most of them are Greek and British. There are also 634 Turkish Cypriots registered voters.

In addition, a significant number of voters will have the right to vote twice. Nicolaides explained that voters, who have been displaced since the Turkish invasion in 1974, and come from the occupied or semi-occupied municipalities or communities are likely to vote twice, once for the municipality or community which they had to abandon due to the invasion, (if an election takes place) and once more for the municipality or community where they currently live.

The number of voters in each constituency is as follows: Nicosia 217,947, Limassol 155,978 Famagusta 33,322, Larnaca 95,717 and Paphos 58,412.
Seventy enclaved persons in the Turkish-occupied communities of the Kyrenia electoral district as well as 161 enclaved in the Famagusta electoral district have also the right to vote.

The number of polling stations stands at 1,344. In Nicosia district 356 polling stations will operate for the municipal elections and 145 for the community elections, in the Limassol district 246 for the municipal and 120 for the community elections, in the Famagusta district 48 for the municipal and 29 for the community, in the Larnaca district 154 for the municipal and 91 for the community elections and in the Paphos district 64 for the municipal and 91 for community elections.

Among them there will be a special polling station at the central prison where prisoners will exercise their electoral rights.
On the election day 8,000 employees and members of the police will work to ensure that elections run smoothly. A total of 1,500 jobless graduates will be employed at the polling stations.

Voting will begin at 7am and end at 6pm. There will be a short break between midday and 1pm.

In order to exercise their rights, voters must bring with them their electoral booklet or their identity card, except from enclaved persons who can vote with any document of the Republic of Cyprus bearing their photograph.
More information on where to vote under wtv.elections.moi.gov.cy or pancyprian number 77772212.

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