Ruling party Disy presented on Friday the six candidates who will be on its ballot for the May 2019 European parliamentary elections.
The six candidates are: MEP Lefteris Christoforou, Limassol MP Eleni Stavrou, Disy parliamentary leader Nicos Tornaritis, House spokesman Loukas Fourlas, chairman of the youth board of Cyprus (Onek) Panayiotis Sentonas, and Disy’s deputy spokesperson Georgia Constantinou-Panayiotou.
While Cypriot social media went into overdrive on Wednesday evening after a report saying ruling Disy would be fielding popular singer Anna Vissi in the upcoming European parliament elections, the singer notified Disy president Averof Neophytou later in the day that she would not be on the party’s ballot.
“A nice journey begins today for all of us, until we choose those who we want to represent us in the European Parliament,” Tornaritis said on Friday.
Sentonas said that today’s challenges such as the technological revolution, the transformation of labour conditions and the need for greater social justice could be tackled through voters’ active participation in the EU.
MP Eleni Stavrou highlighted that the upcoming elections were crucial as they coincided with developments in the Cyprus talks.
Stavrou created furore within the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities at the end of January when she posted on social media a pro-Enosis (union with Greece) commentary praising the controversial figure in Cyprus history, General Georgios Grivas (Digenis).
European elections are set to take place in all EU countries from May 23 to 26.
EU citizens casting their vote will choose the 705 members to represent them in the European Parliament until 2024.
In Cyprus, the European elections for the appointment of six Cyprus MEPs will take place on May 26.