Turkish Cypriots went to the polls on Sunday morning to vote in the second round of the ‘presidential’ elections between incumbent Mustafa Akinci and ‘prime minister’ Ersin Tatar.
Speaking to the press after voting, Akıncı said he would not repeat at length the things he had expressed previously. According to Kibris Postasi, he said: “I hope that we, as Turkish Cypriots, will remember this day as a proud day for Turkish Cypriot democracy when we look back on 18 October 2020.”
“I hope the results will be beneficial for our island and our region”.
Tatar, in his comments, reminded people of the low turnout in the first round and urged people to get out and vote.
“The important thing is to reflect our will and send a message to the world. We must choose the person who will be the president for everyone,” he said.
Polls opened at 8am and will close at 6pm with results expected at around 8pm. Voter turnout last week was a record low of around 58 per cent.
In the first round Akinci received 29.84 per cent of the vote and Tatar, backed by Ankara, 32.35 per cent.
Tatar is being supported in the second round by his party, National Unity Party, the Renaissance Party and the Democratic Party.
Akinci is backed by the Republican Turkish Party and the Community Democracy Party.
The number of registered voters totals 199,029 who will cast their ballot at 738 polling stations.
Turkish Cypriot press said turnout on Sunday midday was higher than the same time last week at 13.1 per cent. By 1.30pm it had risen to 30 per cent.
The highest participation rate was seen in Trikomo and Lefka and the lowest in Kyrenia.
Reports said three people were being investigated for violating the election regulations.
A man in Lapithos and a man in Nicosia were caught photographing their ballot papers prior to dropping them in the voting box, and a third person reportedly held his ballot paper aloft showing others who he had voted for.