Results of the Municipal Elections

yesterday

PollsPeople in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus voted in municipal elections and a referendum on the package of constitutional amendments yesterday.

A 62% majority of voters rejected the constitutional amendments which had been unanimously approved by all 4 political parties represented in parliament. The high electoral council announced that turnout was relatively high compared to the last local elections, standing at 70.13%.

According to the unofficial results announced by the High Electoral Council, the governing Republican Turkish Party, the CTP won the highest number of municipalities, securing 14 of the 28 municipalities.

However the CTP lost the race in the three biggest cities, Lefkoşa, Gazimağusa andGirne.The National Unity Party which had previously 12 municipalities lost more than half of them, dropping to just 5, while the Democrat Party which had 4 municipalities only succeeded in keeping one of them.

The real winner of the day was the Social Democratic Party which won in the capital Lefkoşa. It is also the first time the party has won municipal elections in Lefkoşa in the last 21 years.

The new mayors of the 5 major cities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are as follows:

  • Lefkoşa: Mehmet Harmancı-Social Democratic Party
  • Gazimağusa: Ismail Arter-Independent
  • Girne: Nidai Güngördü-Independent
  • Güzelyurt: Mahmut Özçınar-National Unity Party
  • İskele: Hasan Sadıkoğlu-Independent

Meanwhile, the package of constitutional amendments which had been unanimously approved by the 4 political parties in parliament has been rejected.

Voters were asked in a separate ballot paper whether or not they accepted the amendments which envisaged a number of changes to the TRNC constitution. 62% of the public voted against the constitutional amendment package.

P.S. According to my information from a reliable source the long-standing mayor of Alsancak, Dr Atakara, was defeated by his challenger, Mr. Ataser. Whereas the mayor of Lapta, Mr. Namsoy could keep his office.

Source: BRT World