NICOSIA.- Greek News
Right wing party of Democratic Rally drew a surprised victory on Sunday’s Euro-election in Cyprus, despite the fact that a hard line fraction, that have supported a NO vote at the April 24 referendum, has got 10% and one seat at the Euro-parliament. Left wing AKEL lost 7 percentage points, and a serious analysis is expected to take place in the party bodies. Some of the loses have gone towards the Socialist Party of EDEK (to help it gain one seat, that finally went to DISY’S rebels) but according to political analysts. Some leftist voters preferred to stay home, or vote for other political parties, sending a strong message to the leadership, of disagreement with the alliance with DEKO and President Papadopoulos.
The final results are:
Registered Voters: 483,311
Voted: 344,092 or 71.19%
DEMOCRATIC RALLY 94,355 28.23% 2
AKEL – LEFT – NEW POWERS 93,212 27.89% 2
DEMOCRATIC PARTY 57,121 17.09% 1
FOR EUROPE 36,112 10.80% 1
MOVEMENT OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS 36,075 10.79%
EDI-KPE–EUROPEAN CYPRUS 6,534 1.95%
NEW HORIZONS 5,501 1.65%
MOVEMENT OF ECOLOGISTS
ENVIRONMENTALISTS 2,872 0.86%
The following members will represent Cyprus in Strasburg:
AKEL – LEFT – NEW POWERS
Three women are replacing the three deputies who were elected to the European Parliament on Sunday at the Cyprus House of Representatives.
The seat of AKEL deputy Adamos Adamou will be taken by Stella Demetriou Mishaouli, while Democratic Rally Panagiotis Demetriou’s seat will be given to Kate Clerides, (a former deputy and daughter of former Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides). The seat of Marios Matsakis of the Democratic Party will be given to Athena Kyriakidou.
Rightwing Democratic Rally party (DISY) President Nicos Anastasiades expressed tonight his satisfaction and appreciation to the people of DISY who led the party in the forefront of the political powers on the island. Addressing a jubilant crowd at the party headquarters in Nicosia, Anastasiades conveyed the message that DISY’s doors are always open for members who had chosen a different party or group.
He told reporters that the people of DISY and the citizens in general “made the right evaluation about a political party which led our homeland to Europe and decided to honour it today with its vote”.
Anastasiades said that as of tomorrow “we are all together, even those who had chosen another party, grouping or even an independent candidate for any reason».
He thanked party officials for their relentless work and said “for us DISY is the first political movement with a difference and we will maintain this as it is now, united”.
The leader of the main opposition party expressed respect and congratulations to the other political parties, which took part in the euro-elections.
Centre-right Democratic Party (DIKO) Deputy President Nicos Kleanthous expressed satisfaction with the results of the European elections on the island today, noting an increase in his party’s power, something which proves an endorsement of DIKO’s policy.
In statements prior to the official announcement of the results, Kleanthous said this increase gives the party a mandate for a more dynamic and protagonistic role to promote the citizens’ interests in Europe and on the island.
He also expressed appreciation to the party’s voters as well as to the political parties in the centre which supported the Democratic Party, namely the Struggling Democratic Movement (ADIK), the Movement to Restructure the Centre, the Free Citizens Movement and the Eurodemocratic Renewal Party (KEA).
“We will continue the cooperation for a political coordination both on the Cyprus problem but also to form a unified political expression”, said Kleanthous.
He said DIKO looks to the future with optimism and certainty and called on everyone to “work together to achieve the aims and pursuits of our people”.
DIKO, a government partner, is headed by Cyprus Republic President Tassos Papadopoulos.
Leader of the Movement of Social Democrats EDEK Yiannakis Omirou has officially requested from the Chief Returning Officer for the European Elections a recounting of the votes in all districts, contesting that EDEK has secured a seat during today’s European elections on the island.
Speaking to reporters shortly before the official announcement of the results he said that the Chief Returning officer for the European Elections had said “mistakes were done and recounting of the vote has been requested on some occasions”.
He described today’s vote “a historic day for the people of Cyprus because we went to the polls together with 453 million European citizens to contribute to the composition of the new European Parliament”.
Omirou said the Movement “gave an intense and positive fight with a superior political culture and proposals for the future of Cyprus and the great European family”.
He said EDEK secured a win in these elections because it increased its percentage by 65% compared to the percentage it had received in previous parliamentary elections.
The percentage of Cypriot registered voters who cast their ballots in the elections for the six Cypriot members of the European Parliament reached 70.4%, when ballot boxes in polling stations across the government-controlled areas of the Republic closed at 1704 local time (1404 GMT).