Sunday April 26, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Low turnout in early voting in Cyprus [update]

Abstention from voting in the presidential election in Cyprus on Sunday is expected to double after a markedly lower turnout in the first half of the voting process.

Voting started at 7 a.m. in Cyprus as well as in 10 cities in Greece, in five cities in the United Kingdom and in several other foreign countries for expatriate Cypriots.

By 12 noon, when the first half of the process ended, some 38.9 percent of voters had cast their ballot according to official statistics presented by the election commission, down from an estimated 48 percent in the previous presidential election in 2008.

Voting resumed at 1 p.m. and will conclude at 6 p.m. local time.

Just over 10 percent of voters had abstained in the previous presidential election.

Electoral authorities expect a final estimate to have been issued at around 7 p.m. and the final result should be issued by 8.30 p.m. Exit polls at 6 p.m. though will point to a safe conclusion.

Right-wing DISY party leader Nicos Anastasiades is seen as the favorite to win this round, though without an outright majority. He will be joined in the runoff a week later by either Stavros Malas of the governing leftist AKEL party, or by independent candidate Yorgos Lillikas, supported by social democrats EDEK.

Abstention is likely to favor frontrunner Anastasiades and cause problems to the candidacy of Malas, as it is mainly disgruntled supporters of AKEL that were expected to stay at home.

Outgoing President Dimitris Christofias, seen as having his share in the island’s financial crisis, tried to play down the state of the country’s finances just after voting in Nicosia at 11 a.m.

“When I see the Pentadaktylos mountain [occupied by Turkish forces since July 1974 and bearing the Turkish flags] I remember which is the real crisis this country has faced, and that was brought on by treason,” he said in reference to the Athens-inspired 1974 military coup against President Makarios that was attributed to the far right.

“It was a tragedy created by activities of Greek fascists and Cypriot fascists,” he added speaking in English.

All main candidates and party leaders have already cast their vote, as well as a visibly frail former President Glafcos Clerides, who stated he has voted for Anastasiades.

ekathimerini.com , Sunday February 17, 2013 (22:00)  
Greek tax officers turn to small debtors for cash
As European officials hint at ‘plan B,’ pressure grows on gov’t to compromise
FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
Construction material costs slide anew
The decline in oil rates has contributed to the further fall in construction material prices and the cost of building new residential properties, according to data released on Friday by the ...
Navios taps German shipping opportunities
The wide margin of difference between the health of Greek and German shipping is clearly illustrated by the deal for the sale of 14 oceangoing vessels by German bank HSH Nordbank AG debtor c...
Inside Business
WATER POLO
Olympiakos wins Euro crown in women´s water polo
The women’s water polo team of Olympiakos won its first ever LEN Euro League at the Final Four it hosted in Piraeus by beating holder Sabadell from Spain 10-9 in Saturday’s final. After defe...
SOCCER
Rival soccer fan clashes leave man stabbed
One man was stabbed and several others slightly injured as rival Thessaloniki club fans clashed late on Friday at an event held by Aris supporters. Reports from Greece’s second city stated t...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Five years ago
This week marks five years since Greece officially entered a period of crisis when then Prime Minister George Papandreou announced that the country would seek a bailout from the eurozone and...
EDITORIAL
Slippery slope
The extremely divisive language that is currently being used by parliamentary deputies and coalition ministers is both unacceptable and dangerous. It is high time that the tired, old argumen...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Olympiakos wins Euro crown in women´s water polo
2. Greek tax officers turn to small debtors for cash
3. As European officials hint at ‘plan B,’ pressure grows on gov’t to compromise
4. FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
5. PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
6. Border checks aim to stop jihadists
more news
Today
This Week
1. Five years ago
2. PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
3. Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders
4. FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
5. Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt
6. Slippery slope
Today
This Week
1. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
2. It's up to the Greek government to ensure deal with lenders, says ECB's Coeure
3. Europe's collision course with Greece
4. Leaving the past in the past
5. Denialism
6. The price of compromise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.