Hundreds of Cypriots made last minute applications yesterday to become eligible to vote in next month’s presidential elections.
According to head of the Interior Ministry’s Electoral Service, Demetris Demetriou, the number of people who registered on the electoral roll in the last five days equalled the tally collected for the last three months. The Electoral Service, District Offices, and Citizen’s Service Centres around the island closed their doors at 5pm yesterday to those eligible voters wishing to add their names to the electoral roll, both domestically and abroad, ahead of the February 17 presidential elections.
“Unfortunately, once again, Cypriots have shown they like to do things at the last minute. Suffice to say the number of applications (to register on the electoral roll) we’ve received in the last five days are equal to those collected in the previous three months,” said Demetriou. He estimated around 12,000 people in total will be added to the electoral roll for these elections, around 3,500 less than the number of new voters who registered in the last presidential elections in 2008.
Full Article: Last-minute dash to register for elections – Cyprus Mail.