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 塞浦路斯年轻选民对五月选举缺乏兴趣


cyprus-mail.com    2011/3/30 11:10:31

Younger voters lacking interest in May polls

 OVER two-thirds of first time voters seem to be largely apathetic about the May parliamentary elections and have not registered to vote before the April 2 deadline.
So far about 10,000 have registered out of 34,000 of those newly eligible to vote (those who have turned 18 since the last elections), the election service’s Demetris Demetriou said yesterday. Around 148,000 voters are eligible to vote in the 18-30 age group in general but only 110,000 have registered. This marks a generational gap in voting attitudes. For those older than 30, about 10 per cent do not register, Demetriou said.
In theory voting in Cyprus is mandatory. Failing to register is a criminal offence punishable with a €342 fine (the equivalent of 200 Cypriot pounds) and/or up to six months’ imprisonment. For those who are registered but do not show up to vote, the penalty is a maximum fine of €342.
But in practice there are no real consequences for those who do not vote or have not bothered to register.
“There is a law provision to prosecute those who don’t show up or register but it’s not being applied,” said Demetriou. “The number is simply too large and police cannot undertake the task required for that kind of action.”
“I don’t care about politics. It’s all the same whether we vote or not. Politicians do whatever they want; their actions are purely money-driven,” said Pavlos – he only gave his first name - a 21-year-old student at the University of Nicosia.
He has no intention of registering and says that most of his friends also don’t plan to vote, whether they are registered or not.
Asked to comment on why so many young people did not register, a former DISY deputy, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “They have no reason to vote. There is no meritocracy: it’s all about who you know. If you don’t know someone you won’t get a job so people have no confidence in the system anymore.”
The registration deadline for the May 22 parliamentary elections expires this Saturday.
The election service will be working on Saturday as well, Interior Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Lazaros Savvides said.
“We are expecting a larger number of no-shows than previously,” Savvides added.
In the previous parliamentary elections there were more than 10 per cent of absentees, Savvides said. This places the number of absentees to more than 50,000. In the 2001 parliamentary elections about 8 per cent of those registered did not vote.
“The number of those registering should be going up instead of down, Savvides said. “We are disappointed.” he added.

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年轻选民对五月选举缺乏兴趣
过2三分之二的第一次选民似乎在很大程度上对五月的议会选举漠不关心,也没有登记投票之前,4月2日的最后期限。
因此,迄今已登记的约10000对这些新资格投票的34000(那些谁已经把上次选举以来,18个),这些选举服务的Demetris Demetriou昨天说。 大约14.8万选民有资格在18-30岁年龄组投票,但只有一般110,000已登记。 这标志着在投票态度代沟。 对于那些超过30岁,约百分之十不登记,Demetriou说。
从理论上讲在塞浦路斯投票是强制性的。 未有登记属刑事罪行,一342罚款(即200塞镑)和/或最多6个月的监禁。 对于那些谁登记但不显示投票,刑罚为342最高罚款。
但在实践中有那些谁不投票或者没有费心去登记没有真正的后果。
“有一个法律规定起诉那些谁不显示或注册,但它没有被应用,说:”Demetriou。 “这个数字实在太庞大,警察可以不承担这一行动所需要的那种任务。”
“我不关心政治。 这一切都同我们是否投票或不。 政客为所欲为,他们的行动完全是金钱驱动,说:“Pavlos - 他只给了他的名字 - 在尼科西亚大学21岁的学生。
他没有登记的意图,并说,他的大部分朋友也做不打算投票,无论是注册与否。
被问及对如此多的年轻人为什么没有登记,前DISY副,谁不愿透露姓名,说:“他们没有理由去投票。 没有精英:这一切是谁你知道的。 如果你不知道你的人不会得到人们的工作,以便在系统中没有信心了。“
对于5月22日议会选举的登记截止日期届满这个星期六。
这次选举将是服务工作,以及在星期六,内政部常务秘书Lazaros Savvides说。
“我们期待一个比以前不显示数量较多,”Savvides补充说。
在前面的议会选举有超过百分之10人的缺席,Savvides说。 这地方的缺席人数超过50,000。 在2001年约占登记没有投票的百分之八的议会选举。
“这些登记的数量应该不断上升的下降,而是Savvides说。 “我们很失望。”他补充说。

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