Turnout in voting for the European Parliament elections at 5 pm is at 38.5% marginally down on the 41% in the European elections of 2014, chief returning officer Kypros Kyprianou said.
But he said that excluding the special polling stations set up for Turkish Cypriots living in areas not controlled by the Republic of Cyprus, the participation rate is at 43% compared to 41% in 2014.
He said that a total of 241,420 voters from areas of the Republic of Cyprus had voted so far as have 5300 Turkish Cypriots. For Turkish Cypriots, the turnout is 6.55% so far – more than double the 3% at the same time in the 2014 European Parliament elections.
Polling stations opened at 7 am with a one hour break at 12 noon and are set to close at 6 pm. The chief returning officer can order an extension if there is an increased flow of voters, but he said that there were no indications that this could happen, adding that the polling stations will most probably close at 6.00 pm.
Turnout in Nicosia by 5 pm was 45% (43% in 2014), in Limassol 39% (38% in 2014), in Famagusta 43% (compared to 37%), in Larnaca 44% (same as in 2014) and in Paphos 42% (compared to 41%).
Voting abroad at polling stations set up abroad at 5 pm was 56% compared to 47% in 2014.