Close vote expected in General Election today


The two main parties, the Progressive Party of Working People (AKEL) and the Democratic Rally (DISY) are neck and neck in the latest opinion polls for the general election today.

The 531,136 voters will have from 7 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. to vote for the 56 Greek Cypriot seats in the House of Representatives. There are 412 candidates from six parties contesting the election.

Although the unicameral parliament includes 24 seats for Turkish Cypriots, these have not been filled since the partitioning of the island in 1974.

A low turnout is expected. The result is unlikely to affect greatly the running of the country in this presidential system of government, but it may determine where the lines will be drawn in readiness for the next presidential elections in 2013.

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