Forty polling stations will operate abroad during the upcoming presidential elections, scheduled for February 17. According to the Office of the Chief Returning Officer, there will five polling stations in Athens, three in Thessaloniki, as well as polling stations in Volos, Heraklion, Ioannina, Komotini, Larissa, Patra, Rethymno and Rhodes. Five polling stations will operate in London at the High Commission building and two at the Cypriot Community Centre. In other parts of the UK there will be a polling station in Leeds, two in Manchester, two in Birmingham and one in Bristol.
Polling stations will also operate in Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Brussels, Manama (Bahrain), New York, Doha, Paris, Prague, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Sofia. Personnel from the embassies of Cyprus abroad and other staff that will be sent from Cyprus will work at these stations, according to the Interior Ministry.
Candidacies for the elections will be submitted on January 18. Presidential elections will take place on 17 February 2013. If no candidate secures 50% plus on February 17, there will be a second round on 24 February.