Almost 660 people from 15 political parties, as well as eight independents, officially submitted their candidacies on Wednesday, competing for one of parliament’s 56 seats during the May 30 elections.
According to the interior ministry, 651 candidates belong to parties and eight were independents.
The ministry said 247 candidates, including three independents, were vying for Nicosia district’s 20 seats; 141, including three independents, will compete for Limassol district’s 12 seats, and 128, and one independent, will fight for 11 seats belonging to Famagusta.
In Larnaca there were 68 candidates, including an independent, who will compete for six seats while 45 party candidates will fight over four seats in Paphos.
Thirty-three candidates will contest Kyrenia’s three seats.
The ministry said 557,589 registered voters have the right to vote on May 30 at one of 1,150 polling stations across the Republic and 10 overseas.
With more people appearing certain they will vote in the upcoming parliamentary elections this month in relation to two months ago, Ruling party DISY remains the people’s first choice, a poll released by AlphaNews showed on Tuesday.
With AKEL in second and DIKO in third, far right party ELAM and the Green Party are meanwhile fighting for fourth place.
Out of 1,200 nationwide interviews with people over 18 with the right to vote in parliamentary elections on May 30, a total of 66 per cent said they were sure they will go to vote, up from 58 per cent who said so in March. Nine per cent said they will not vote, while eight per cent said they will probably not vote. Another 17 per cent of the interviewees said they will probably vote.
About half of the participants appeared certain of who they will vote for while 27 per cent said they have not decided yet.
According to the poll, 18 per cent of people said they intend to vote for DISY, while main opposition AKEL held a 16 per cent this month presenting a 2 per cent increase from two months ago. DIKO experienced a slight decrease and was at 8.5 per cent.
ELAM’s popularity increased by 2 per cent, while the Greens fell by 1 per cent putting the parties in equal fourth place at 5 per cent.
When asked to estimate who would come first, 26 per cent said DISY, only three per cent more than those who chose opposition AKEL.
Some 12 per cent chose DIKO, 7 per cent said ELAM and Greens, while 6 per cent said EDEK.
The Movement of Independents, which has rebranded itself Generation Change and DEPA were chosen by 3.5 per cent of the participants and another 3 per cent chose Solidarity.
Of those who voted for DISY in 2016, 55 per cent they would do so again with 5 per cent of those who voted for the party in 2016 now preferring far right party ELAM and another 4 per cent DIKO.
AKEL’s voters showed a greater party loyalty with 67 per cent of previous voters saying they would back them again while 8 per cent, said they were unsure of what to vote this year and another 4 per cent leaning towards Generation Change.
DIKO scored the lowest in party loyalty with 45 per cent with 8 per cent who voted for the party in 2016 saying they will vote for DEPA this year, 6 per cent for DISY and another 6 per cent for the Green Party. AKEL holds 5 per cent of DIKO’s former voters, as does Generation Change while 3 per cent prefer ELAM and another 2 per cent EDEK.