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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 13-02-17

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


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  • [01] Voter turnout down by 6.5% in presidential elections
  • [02] Police and Election Service investigating video by "Anonymous

  • [01] Voter turnout down by 6.5% in presidential elections

    Voter turnout was down by 6.5% during Sunday's presidential elections, compared to the 2008 elections, Chief Returning Officer Andreas Assiotis said here today after polling ended. According to final results, a total of 82.84% of the registered voters cast their ballot during today's poll, compared to 89.62% in the 2008 presidential elections and 78.70% in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

    He said voting ended as scheduled at all polling stations throughout Cyprus and abroad and already ballots are being counted at election centres, under the supervision of presiding officers. The first results, said Assiotis, have already been announced and final results should be known by 2030 this evening.

    Assiotis said that in Nicosia district, a total of 81.82% registered voters went to the polls, compared to 88. 80% in the 2008 presidential elections and 88.28% in the 2011 parliamentary elections. In Limassol district, the turnout was 83.24%, compared to 89.98% in the 2008 presidential elections and 89.71% in the parliamentary elections of 2011. In Famagusta district, 83.86% of the voters cast their ballots, compared to 91.77% in the 2008 presidential elections and 89.65% in the 2011 parliamentary elections while in Larnaca district, 84,01% of the registered voters went to the polls, compared to 90.48% in the 2008 presidential elections and 89.30% in the 2011 parliamentary elections. In Paphos district, a total of 84.00%, of the voters went to the polls, compared to 89.33% in the 2008 presidential elections and 88.82% in the 2011 parliamentary elections while at polling stations overseas, 80.00% of the voters cast their ballots compared to 68.27 in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

    [02] Police and Election Service investigating video by "Anonymous

    The Cyprus Police and the officials of the Election Services of the Republic are thoroughly looking into a video that was uploaded on the internet by hackers' group "Anonymous" against today's presidential elections on the island. According to the video, the group "Anonymous" threaten to hit the electronic systems of the Interior Ministry which will transmit the elections results.

    Chief Returning Officer Andreas Assiotis told the press that the systems at the Interior Ministry are "armored" against an internet attack. He added that the Election Services are in contact with the Police and the IT Department of the Republic and all the necessary measures have been taken in order for the procedure to run smoothly and the results to be announced on schedule.

    Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou told the press that all the relevant information was given to the Chief Returning Officer, pointing out that "the safety of the system is adequate enough and the possibility of the group to intervene is minimal". He also stressed that should the governmental services and police need the assistance of either Europol or Interpol, there will be a contact with them.


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