TRNC heads to the polls on Sunday
Date Added: 21 January 2022

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is gearing up for early elections this Sunday as voters head to the polls to elect a new parliament.

The campaigning period which has been going on for a month will end at 6pm Saturday, January, 22 a day before the election.

Voting will start on Sunday at 8am and will end at 6pm.

A total of 2,289 people will be on duty for the elections.

Through a system of split voting, voters can either vote for one party and their candidates or split their votes, choosing amongst candidates from different parties without having to support one single party.

A total of 203,792 voters are eligible to cast their votes in the 763 ballot boxes which will be set up in the six districts across the country.

Voters will be able to vote by showing their official ID, passport or driving license.

400 candidates from eight parties as well as three independents are contesting in the election.

According to the distribution of seats of the districts, voters will be electing 16 MPs from Lefkoşa, 13 MPs from Gazimağusa, 11 MPs from Girne, five from İskele, four from Güzelyurt and two from Lefke.

The seats are determined according to the population of the respective districts.

All parties are required to receive at least five per cent of the votes in order to pass the election threshold.

The Higher Committee for Infectious Diseases earlier this week announced that voters who are close contacts of persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 will be able to cast their votes.

Persons serving at voting stations however are required to present a negative PCR test result.

Voters on the other hand will not be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result or the Adapass safe pass when voting.

However a list of persons who have tested positive will be distributed to voting stations and such persons should they turn up to vote will be escorted away from the premises by police and fined.

News and media outlets are not allowed to air or broadcast exit polls until 7pm.

Meanwhile, all schools and institutions of higher education will be closed on Monday January 24 due to the fact that voting stations have been set up at schools across the country, the Ministry of National Education announced on Friday.