7.280 candidates are running for 3.227 seats in the dual elections on June 9

What will the June 9 ballots look like?

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The process of submitting nominations for the upcoming Elections of June 9, 2024 was completed yesterday. In total, 7.280 candidates are running for 3.227 positions for the positions of members of the European Parliament, the President of the Provincial Self-Governing Organizations, the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor, the Municipal Councilor, the Members School Boards, the Presidents of Community Councils and the members of Community Councils.

More specifically, the following nominations were submitted:

- Member of the European Parliament: 63 nominations, of which 61 candidates are running for election through 12 party combinations and another two as independent individual candidates.

- President of the Provincial Organization of Self-Government: 13 nominations, of which two for Nicosia District, three for Limassol District, three for Famagusta District, two for Larnaca District and three for Paphos District.

- Mayor: 82 nominations, of which eight concern the Municipalities of Kyrenia District, 20 of Famagusta District, 10 of Paphos District, 12 of Larnaca District, 10 of Limassol District and 22 of Nicosia District.

- Deputy Mayor: 258 nominations.

- Members of the Municipal Council: 2.190 nominations.

- Members of School Boards: 686 nominations.

- President of Community Council: 745 nominations.

- Community Council Members: 3.243 nominations.

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As stated by the Chief Electoral Officer, Director General of the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Elikkos Ilias during a press conference, a total of five objections were submitted to the Municipal Elections nominations, which concern two nominations. One objection concerned a candidacy for Municipal Councilor of Paphos District and was rejected. The other four concern candidacy for the office of Mayor of Limassol District. Three of them were rejected, while the examination of the 4th is currently pending. A total of 38 objections were submitted against the Community Elections nominations, of which 35 were examined and answered, while the examination of the other three is currently pending.

For 14 municipal departments, for which only one nomination was submitted for the office of Deputy Mayor, the announcement of the candidates has been made by the relevant Election Commissioners. Within today, the announcement will be made for the Presidents and Members of Community Councils who are elected without opposition. It is noted that they will assume duties from July 1, 2024.

In the Communities of Souskiou (Paphos District) and Monarka (Famagusta District) no nomination was submitted for the position of Community Leader and a new date for submitting nominations will be set as soon as possible. Asked to comment on this fact, the Chief Election Officer noted that the Ministry of the Interior is oriented towards preparing and submitting proposals to the House of Representatives next fall in order to make some amendments to the legislation, possibly including the regulation of this issue as well.

Citizens registered in municipal areas will receive up to six ballots for the election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Councilors, Presidents of District Self-Governing Organizations, School Board Members and Members of the European Parliament. Registered voters in Communities will receive up to four ballots for the election of the President of the Community Council, Members of the Community Council, President of the Provincial Self-Governing Organization and Members of the European Parliament. As regards the special polling centers for semi-occupied and occupied Municipalities and Communities, citizens will receive ballot papers for the election of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Municipal Councilors and School Board Members or Mayor, Municipal Councilors and School Board Members or Community Council President and Members Community Council. Mr. Ilias clarified that voters who vote for a semi-occupied or occupied Municipality or Community will vote in two polling centers, that is, one for their place of residence and a second for the place of displacement.

All ballots received by each voter will be cast into a ballot box. Ballots are printed in a different color depending on the type of election. Specifically:

(a) European elections: Blue

(b) Presidents of Provincial Self-Governing Organizations: Mob

(c) Mayors: Yellow

(d) Deputy Mayors: Brown

(e) Municipal Councillors: White

(f) Members of School Boards: Green

(g) Community leaders: Orange

(h) Members of Community Councils: Grey

It is recalled that the total number of voters who have the right to vote in the upcoming Elections amounts to 706.534. The permanent electoral roll, which provides the right to participate in all electoral contests, includes 568.608 Cypriot voters, of which 837 are Turkish Cypriot holders of an identity card of the Republic with an address in the free areas. 21.640 voters are included in the special electoral list of European citizens for the Local Government Elections. The special electoral list of European citizens for the European Parliament Member Elections includes 13.017 voters. Also in the special electoral list for the Elections of Members of the European Parliament, there are included 103.269 Turkish Cypriot holders of identity cards of the Republic of Cyprus, who live in areas where the Government of the Republic does not exercise effective control. A total of 4.691 voters have submitted a declaration and will vote for the Elections of Members of the European Parliament in one of the following cities abroad, in which a total of 17 polling centers will operate: Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Komotini, Volos, Heraklion, Ioannina, London ( Cyprus Community Center and High Commission Building), Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Brussels.

Launch of "What I Vote" and "Where I Vote" services

According to Dr. Ilias, from tomorrow, May 1, 2024, the "What I Vote" electronic service will be launched through the website elections.gov.cy. Through the service, citizens will be able to be informed about the electoral contests in which they have the right to vote, as well as the number of preference crosses in each of them. The service will be available in Greek, Turkish and English.

In addition, on May 10, 2024, when the process of allocating voters to the polling centers will be completed, the "Where I Vote" service is planned to operate, in Greek, Turkish and English. The service in question will, as in the past, be available via the Internet, telephone or text message SMS.