By KEREM HASAN
Figures published by Cyprus Today’s sister newspaper, Kıbrıs this week, concluded that with each passing year since 1983 (TRNC foundation), the number of electioneers registered to vote has increased, whilst in contrast, the actual turnout figures showed a trend of decline.
Political scientists and diplomats have differing views as to why this is happening in the TRNC.
The figures concluded that in 1985 when the number of registered voters was 94,277, the turnout was 85.6 per cent, while in 1990 when the number of registered voters was 101,172, the turnout was reported as 93.48 per cent. Furthermore, in 1995 elections where the number of registered voters was 113,398 the turnout was reported as 85.3 per cent.
The 2000 elections that were held with 126,675 registered voters showed a drop in turnout with 81.2 per cent, while the 2005 elections held with 147,823 registered voters showed a further turnout drop with 69.58 per cent. In 2010 elections held with 164,072 registered voters, the turnout was reported to be 76.37 per cent. In 2015 elections held with 176,916 registered voters, the turnout was 62.35 per cent.
The largest number of candidates ran in 2005 presidential elections, in the aftermath of the Annan Plan referendum with nine candidates. The winner was Mehmet Ali Talat. The lowest number of candidates ran in 1990 with three contesting candidates, Denktaş being the winner.
Former negotiator Osman Ertuğ told Cyprus Today the reason for the decline could be attributed to the “length” of time of peace talks “which has taken a toll on the public”.
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