Next year’s presidential elections were set for February 18 and February 25 for a runoff but the ever popular annual carnival parade could turn things upside down.
Daily Phileleftheros reported on Wednesday that the government and party leaders are seriously considering changing the elections days in a bid to prevent an embarrassing shocking abstention rate.
This year’s carnival celebrations which last for three days kick off over the weekend of February 18.
“It’s bad enough that abstention rises alarmingly with every new election in Cyprus, the Carnival parade coinciding with casting a vote could lead to embarrassing results,” official sources were quoted saying.
“That’s why the President has asked the Interior Minister to look into the possibility of changing the elections dates to February 4 and 11,” one also said.
In the meantime, reports have right-wing Disy-backed President Nicos Anastasiades officially announcing his bid for re-election on October 14.
On Saturday, Opposition left-wing Akel’s candidate Stavros Malas will officially announce his bid for election.
The other two runners are centre Diko leader Nicolas Papadopoulos and that of Citizens Alliance Giorgos Lillikas.
Official figures show that some 43,000 people aged between 18 and 30 are eligible to vote but have not registered.