Only 25% of young vot­ers reg­is­tered for May

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - FRONT PAGE -

The ma­jor­ity of new vot­ers who have the right to vote in the up­com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in May, have not yet reg­is­tered, prob­a­bly frus­trated by the bick­er­ing of politi­cians, the on­go­ing eco­nomic cri­sis and the con­stant rev­e­la­tion of scan­dals in­volv­ing pub­lic fig­ures.

In­te­rior Min­is­ter Socrates Hasikos said, af­ter meet­ing the Min­is­ters of De­fence and Education and the Deputy Govern­ment Spokesman on the is­sue, that out of 32,000 new vot­ers who can en­rol, 24,000 have not done so. The clos­ing date for reg­is­ter­ing is April 2.

“Un­for­tu­nately as the years go by, there’s re­duced in­ter­est on the part of young peo­ple”, the Min­is­ter said, adding that in past elec­tions only 10% of new vot­ers had not en­rolled.

He said that his has to do with young peo­ple’s con­tempt of pol­i­tics and politi­cians, say­ing that the de­ci­sion not to reg­is­ter to vote is wrong be­cause they miss the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their dis­sat­is­fac­tion in the most of­fi­cial way, through the elec­tion process.

He said that the In­te­rior Min­istry, in co­op­er­a­tion with the De­fence and Education Min­is­ters, are mak­ing a last ef­fort to raise aware­ness among young peo­ple in or­der to en­cour­age them to vote.

The three min­istries de­cided to pro­mote ad­ver­tis­ing spots in the me­dia and dis­trib­ute ma­te­rial at army camps and univer­si­ties, ap­peal­ing to young peo­ple, in­clud­ing sol­diers and stu­dents.

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