Cyprus will elect a new parliament on Sunday, which may indicate a decline in support for major parties and low turnout among voters who are angry at the corruption scandal.
Opinion polls show that in the EU country, the contest between the conservative Democratic Party (DISY) and the left-wing Progressive People’s Party (AKEL) is evenly matched.
The DISY Party supports the current Conservative Party President Nikos Anastasiades (Nikos Anastasiades). In the political system of Cyprus, the president manages the government and is directly elected.
The current government has come under fire for advocating the lucrative “passport cash” program, but due to corruption allegations in November 2020, it had to abandon the program.
“A large portion of voters are completely disappointed with the major parties,” Reuters quoted political analyst Christopher Ross as saying.
He said: “Corruption issues have benefited small parties, but it is also a problem that has led to low voter turnout.”
The election is considered a political barometer of the 2023 presidential election.
Voting starts at 7 am and is expected to be screened after 7 pm.
More than 550,000 people have the right to vote, and 15 political parties are running for elections.
After the Greek coup and Turkish military intervention in 1974, Cyprus was divided into the internationally recognized Greek Cypriot part in the south and the smaller Turkish Cypriot part in the north, which only Turkey recognized.
The southern part of the island has become a member of the European Union since May 1, 2004. Residents in the northern part of the island are considered EU citizens, but EU law does not apply to this area.
The Parliament of the capital Nicosia actually has 80 members, but currently there are only 56 Greek Cypriot representatives.
Since 1963, 24 seats for members of the Turkish Cypriot Parliament have been vacant.