A number of 1.100 polling stations will operate in the Republic of Cyprus during the upcoming Presidential elections, scheduled for February 17, while another 40 stations will be operating in 26 countries abroad, Chief Returning Officer Andreas Assiotis has said. Assiotis also said that efforts are underway to reduce expenses, in light of the financial crisis. “Everything is proceeding smoothly”, concerning preparations for the election day, the Chief Returning Officer said. According to Assiotis, savings will incure from the full employment of embassy personnel in the polling procedure, to reduce spending from the dispatch of personnel in polling stations abroad.
Moreover, he said that a decision was taken to run a polling station in New York, giving thus the opportunity for Cypriots there to cast their votes in the forthcoming elections.
Individuals, who expressed an interest to vote in Washington DC or Toronto, will most probably also be called to cast their vote in the station to operate in New York, Assiotis went on. He added that voters in other cities abroad would be soon informed about the alternatives.