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Cyprus - Electoral Law
( Election to the European Parliament : 13 June 2004 )

1. LEGAL BASIS
  • Law of 2004 on the Election of the Members of the European Parliament
  • Law on the Election of the Members of the House of Representatives
  • Civil Registry Law
  • Council Directive 93/109/EC
2. ELECTORAL SYSTEM
Proportional representation.
Allocation of seats: for the purposes of the Elections to the European Parliament, the whole territory of the Republic of Cyprus shall constitute a single constituency.
3. REGISTRATION OF CANDIDATES
Deadline for registration: 20 May 2004, 9am-12pm.
Deposit: General Inspector for Elections elected by the Minister of Interior on 07/05/2004.

Conditions: The competent authority, upon application, shall grant certification that the candidate has not lost the right to stand as a candidate in the Republic or that the authorities are not aware of any such loss of this right.

Incompatibilities: Article 16 of the Law refers to:
a) Article 7 of the Act (20.09.1976) on the election of representatives to the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage:

  • President of the Republic;
  • Member of Government of a Member State;
  • Member of National Government;
  • Member of the European Commission;
  • Judge, General Attorney or of the Court of Justice of the Court of First Instance of the European Union;
  • Ombudsman of the European Communities;
  • Member of the Court of Auditors;
  • Member of the European Investment Bank;
  • Member of the Governing Board of the European Central Bank;
  • Officer or agent in action of the European Institutions or organisations or organs that are attached to them or to the European Central Bank.

b) Article 70 of the Constitution

  • Minister;
  • Member of a Communal Chamber or member of any Municipal council including a Mayor ;
  • Member of the armed or security forces of the Republic or with a ;
  • Public or Municipal office or, in the case of a Representative elected by the Turkish Community, of a religious functionary (din Adami). (Constitution, art. 70, Appendix D, Part IV).
4. POLLING DAY : 13 JUNE 2004 (from 0.00 until 10.00 pm)
Other elections on the same day: none.
Polling hours: 7 a.m. - 17 p.m. (closed from 12-13h)
The count begins: Immediately after the polls close.
Final results: According to the Council Decision of 25 June 2002 and 23 September 2002, a Member State cannot officially give out any result of the election before the polls have closed in the Member State whose voters have voted last. Nevertheless, according to the Elections Service of the Ministry of Interior, the final results can be ready by 22 h CET.
5. VOTING / STANDING FOR ELECTION
Right to vote: all citizens of the Republic, and all citizens of another Member State residing in the Republic, who on the reference date are at least 18 years of age and had their habitual residence in the Republic for a period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of acquisition of voting rights. Voters and Community voters shall be entered on the respective electoral rolls by virtue of a special application form.
Voting is compulsory but without penalties in case of failure to vote.

Voting by post: No.

Right to stand for election: citizens of the Republic and nationals of other Member States who have not been deprived of their right to vote on the reference date and a) have reached 25 years of age, b) have not been convicted of a serious offence or moral obscenity, and have not been deprived of the right to stand as a candidate under a court decision as a result of any electoral offence, c) do not suffer from any mental disease rendering them incapable of fulfilling their duties as members of the European Parliament.
6. ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Funding: For national elections an amount of £600.000 is distributed among the political parties. The amount for the European elections is not definitely fixed yet but a similar amount may be offered.
Official campaign starting date: Campaigns can start any time but officially after the deadline for registration of candidates on the 20 May 2004.

 
Note:
  • Today (23/03/2004 ) there is a reported agreement on the division of the island into two geographically defined constituencies in the event of a solution, with the northern constituency electing two MEPs and the southern constituency four. No text of the proposed federal law is available nor is it clear that negotiations on other aspects of the law have been concluded.
  • The above information is subject to change if a settlement on the Cyprus issue is agreed upon before the European elections.