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Date Elections will take place

The elections will take place on Sunday 9th June 2024, the date set for the European Parliament Elections to be held in all EU Member States between 6th and 9th June 2024.

Types of Elections

On the same day, a total number of eight (8) different elections shall take place to elect:

1. Members of the European Parliament, elected at national level (across Cyprus).

2. Presidents of the District Organisations of Local Government, elected at District level.

3. Mayors, elected at Municipality level.

4. Deputy Mayors, elected at the level of Municipal District.

5. Municipal Councillors, elected at the level of Municipal District.

6. Members of the School Boards, elected at Municipality level.

7. Community Leaders, elected at Community level.

8. Members of the Community Councils, elected at Community level.

Electoral rolls and Right to vote

For the 2024 elections the following electoral rolls shall be valid:

1. Permanent electoral roll for Cypriot citizens

The permanent electoral roll gives the right to participate in all national elections, including the European elections and the elections of local authorities.

To register on the electoral roll, the applicant must:

(a) be a Cypriot citizen

(b) have reached the age of 18, and

(c) have been permanently resident in Cyprus in the last six (6) months prior to submission of the application.

Young people who reach the age of 18 up to the date of the elections shall also be entitled to be entered on the electoral roll, provided that the application for registration is submitted within the three-month period preceding the election, as well as Turkish Cypriot holders of a Cypriot identity card with an address in the free areas.

2. Special electoral roll of European citizens for the European Parliament elections

Citizens of other Member States of the European Union residing in Cyprus may vote in elections to elect Members of the European Parliament, provided that they have reached the age of 18 and are registered on the special electoral roll.

3. Special electoral roll of European citizens for elections of Local Authorities

Citizens of other Member States of the European Union residing in Cyprus may vote in elections to elect Local Authorities, provided that they have reached the age of 18 and are registered on the special electoral roll.

4. Special electoral roll of Turkish Cypriots for the European Parliament Elections

Turkish Cypriots residing in areas which are not under the effective control of date Republic of Cyprus, who are 18 years old by the date of election and who hold an identity card of the Republic of Cyprus issued by the Civil Registry system, are automatically entered on a Special Electoral Roll and may vote in the elections of Members of the European Parliament.

The last day of registration for the upcoming elections is the 2nd April 2024.

For more information on the procedures for registering on the electoral rolls, visit the section Electoral Rolls.

Polling Stations outside Cyprus

For the election of Members of the European Parliament alone, polling stations will be operating abroad, namely in Greece, the United Kingdom and Belgium, provided that the number of voters who will have submitted the relevant declaration shall exceed 50.

Declarations shall be submitted, both on paper and in electronic form, in the course of the three-month period prior to the elections, i.e. between 3rd January and 2nd April 2024.

For more information regarding polling stations outside Cyprus click here.

How to submit a candidacy

Anyone who has the right to vote and who has reached the age of 21 also has the right to stand as a candidate in the European Parliament elections, as well as the Local Government elections.

Citizens from European Union Member States residing in Cyprus may submit their candidacy for the post of Municipal Councillor, Member of Community Council and Member of the School Boards. They cannot apply for the post of President of the District Organisation of Local Government, Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Community Leader, and, if they are elected as members of a Community Council, they cannot claim the post of deputy Community Leader (you can find more information on the rights of European citizens residing in Cyprus in the Single Digital Gateway of the Ministry of the Interior).

Candidacies shall be submitted:

· On Wednesday 24th April 2024 for the elections to elect Members of the European Parliament.

· On Thursday 25th April 2024 for the election of Presidents of District Organisations of Local Administration, Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Municipal Councillors and Members of the School Boards.

· On Monday 29th April 2024 for the elections of Community Leaders and Members of the Community Councils.

Allocation of voters to Polling Stations

For the purposes of voting, each voter shall be allocated to a specific polling station. It should be noted that for the Local Government elections, displaced voters shall vote on the basis of both their place of residence and their place of origin. Therefore, these voters shall also be allocated to a second polling station where they can vote for the local authorities of their occupied or semi-occupied municipality of origin.

The service «Where to vote» shall be activated in the course of May 2024, following the closing and finalising of the electoral rolls of 2nd April 2024 and the allocation of voters to their local polling stations.

Turkish-Cypriot voters included in the Special Electoral Roll, may vote at the Elections to elect Members of the European Parliament. Unlike other voters, these voters are not allocated to specific polling stations and may vote at any of the special polling stations operating for this purpose near the ceasefire line. To avoid the possibility of duplicate voting, an electronic electoral roll shall be used at these stations.

Voting hours

Voting is direct and by secret ballot. For the polling stations in Cyprus, voting shall begin at 7.00 a.m. and adjourned for one hour at 12.00 noon. It shall resume at 1:00 pm and continue normally until 6:00 p.m. For polling stations abroad, the hours shall be adjusted accordingly.



Ballot papers
Depending on the electoral roll/s on which one is registered and the area for which they are voting, they will receive:

Up to six (6) ballot papers in the areas electing Mayors for the election of:

· Members of the European Parliament

· President of the District Organisation of Local Government

· Mayor

· Deputy Mayor

· Municipal Councillors

· Members of the School Boards

Up to four (4) ballot papers in the Communities for the election of:

· Members of the European Parliament

· President of the District Organisation of Local Government

· Community Leader

· Members of the Community Council

As regards the special polling stations for occupied and semi-occupied Municipalities and Communities, citizens shall receive, as appropriate, ballot papers for the election of:

· Mayor

· Deputy Mayor

· Municipal Councillors and

· Members of the School Boards

or

· Community Leader and

· Members of the Community Council.

Ballot papers, which will be cast in the same ballot box, will have a different color, depending on the type of election:


(a) Members of the European Parliament: Blue

(b) Presidents of the District Organisations of Local Government: Purple

(c) Mayors: Yellow

(d) Deputy Mayors: Brown

(e) Municipal Councillors: White

(f) Members of the School Boards: Green

(g) Community Leaders: Orange

(h) Members of Community Councils: Grey


Mode of voting
For the voter to be accepted at the polling station and receive a ballot paper in order to vote, he must:

(a) Be registered on the relevant electoral roll of the polling station in question.

(b) Present a voter ID card or identity card (citizens of other EU Member States may also vote with any other document submitted for registration on the special electoral roll, while enclaved persons may vote by presenting an identity card, passport, driver’s licence or any other official document of the Republic bearing their photograph).


Upon receiving the ballot paper, the voter enters the voting booth and secretly marks the designated sign, i.e. «Χ» or «+» or «√» using a blue or black pen in the box underneath the list column, or next to the name of the candidate of his preference.

The voter shall not have the right to vote for candidates from different lists and/or individual candidates, as in such a case the ballot paper will be invalid.

If the voter so wishes, he may express his preference to one or several candidates of his list of choice, by marking a cross or preference crosses inside the small boxes next to the name of each candidate. Preference Crosses should not be more than:
(a) two (2) preference crosses for the election of Members of the European Parliament;
(b) one (1) preference cross for each four (4) municipal councillors or members of a School Board. If the number of councillors or members divided by four leaves a balance, the total number of preference crosses shall be increased by one.
(c) one (1) preference cross for each two (2) members of the Community Council. If the number of members divided by two leaves a remainder, the total number of preference crosses shall be increased by one.

If the voter marks more preference crosses, than what is provided for, these shall be disregarded. In such a case, the ballot paper shall be considered valid and shall be deemed to be a vote in favour of the lists in which the preference crosses were recorded, provided that no other list or individual candidate was voted.


For further information on the 2024 elections, visit the unit European Elections and the unit Local Government Elections.