More than 8,000 people living in Cyprus have expressed an interest in newly registering on the electoral rolls ahead of May’s Euro-elections.
The total number of eligible voters is around 640,000.
Head of the elections service, Demetris Demetriou, said on Friday that 4,944 Greek Cypriots registered, 38 Turkish Cypriots living in the government-controlled areas, and 3,660 nationals of other EU countries, in their majority Greeks.
Another 6,338 people living abroad have also applied to register.
Of around 40,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 30, the majority, between 35,000 and 36,000 have not registered on the electoral rolls.
Demetriou said the final number of voters will also depend on how many of the Cypriots living abroad will choose to vote for candidates in the countries they live in.
Almost 81,000 Turkish Cypriots who don’t have a registered address in the government-controlled areas are eligible to vote.
As regards British nationals, Demetriou said the final number will depend on how many live in Cyprus but also developments concerning Brexit. There is a question mark at the moment on whether around 1,500 British nationals registered on the electoral rolls will remain or be scratched off, he said.
He added that there had been a 30 per cent increase in interest from new voters compared with 2014, he said, while the number of other EU nationals registering had doubled since then.
The increase in the EU nationals was also due to the fact that one of the candidate MEPs is a Greek national, he said, therefore the majority of new voters in that category are Greeks, followed by Bulgarians and Romanians.
In total 606,916 people were eligible to vote in the 2014 Euro-elections. Of those, only 43,97 per cent voted.