Cyprus: poll, abstentions in euro elections could exceed 50%

16 May, 17:38

    (ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, MAY 16 - The abstention rate in the upcoming May 25 European Parliament elections will exceed 50% in Cyprus, as daily Cyprus Mail online reported quoting the results of a poll commissioned by ANT-1 TV and released late on Thursday.

    Less than half of the participants said that they will be voting (40.6%) making this the lowest percentage recorded since Cyprus joined the EU in 2004. The Disy-Evroko ticket is expected to come in as the winner, with 24.9% of the vote. In all polls commissioned for the euro elections up to now, the ruling party comes as the clear winner.

    Main opposition party Akel (Communist) is expected second with 15.5%, Diko (Right) with 8.4%, and the Social-Democrat Edek and Green Party coalition barely scraping together 4.5%, barely ahead of the newly formed Citizen's Alliance at 4.4%. Asked whether they were interested on the euro elections, 36.2% of those polled said: "Not at all", while 25.4% answered "a little", 21.3% said "yes" while only 17.3% said they were "very interested". According to the poll, young voters are amongst those least interested. (ANSAmed).

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