The new Election and Referendum Law
The “Election and Referendum (Amendment) Law” which was unanimously accepted by the General Council of the Republican Assembly yesterday, contains fundamental changes that shapes the country’s politics.
TRNC still has 5 electoral districts, however, when the law is signed by the President and published in the Official Gazette there will be one electoral district and open list application will be used for the deputy candidates.
After the law is enforced, electorates will not only vote for the deputies in their districts but also it will be effective in the determination of all of the 50 deputies.
TRNC has 5 electoral districts and in the 50 seat TRNC Assembly, there are 16 deputies from Lefkoşa, 13 deputies from Gazimağusa, 10 deputies from Girne, 6 deputies from Güzelyurt and 5 deputies from İskele.
If voters want to use their votes as mixed, they will be able to use this right for a minimum of 24 and a maximum of 50 candidates, and they will be obliged to vote for at least half of the candidates from each district. The mixed votes will be used between at least two political party candidates and/or at least one political party candidates and independent candidates
Leaders to meet again today
Within the framework of the Cyprus negotiations President Mustafa Akıncı and the Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiades will meet again today. The leaders’ last meeting was on 28 March, 2016.
Akıncı to meet Nuland tomorrow
President Mustafa Akıncı will meet with U.S Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland who will have contacts in Cyprus.
The Akıncı-Nuland meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th April.
Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities officials are coming to Cyprus
President of the Turkish Cypriot Association of Municipalities (KTBB) and Gönyeli Mayor Ahmet Y. Benli indicated that the Secretary General of Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Jean-Philippe Bozouls, and the President of the Chamber of Local Authorities, Anders Knape, will come to Cyprus today.
Stating that this visit is very important for both themselves and the country, Benli said that this was the result of the representation that they moved forward in the European Council.
Explaining that he will have a meeting with the most important two names from the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Gönyeli Municipality today, Benli said “We believe in the European criteria for the development of local democracy. We are determined to act together with all our municipalities for European Charter of Local Self-Government. In such a process, we are happy to host senior European visitors in our country”.
Maritime Contract was signed between South Cyprus, Greece and Israel
A tripartite agreement was signed last Wednesday (13th April) between Israel, South Cyprus and Greece for the protection of Mediterranean marine environment and to deal with the possible marine pollution that may occur due to the hydrocarbon drilling activities.
According to the report of the Greek Cypriot daily Politis, the agreement was signed by Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Nikos Kuyalis who is making an official visit to Israel on behalf of the Greek Cypriot Administration.
Renovated Dr. Fazıl Küçük Museum will be opened
“Dr. Fazıl Küçük Museum” which has been converted to a museum with international standards will be re-opened on Wednesday, 20 April. The museum is renovated with the initiatives and finance of the TRNC Assembly. The opening of the museum will be conducted by Süheyla Küçük.
The Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber stated that the museum where the historical documents and memorabilia of Dr. Fazıl Küçük, the existence and freedom struggle leader of the Turkish Cypriot people, are exhibited, has been converted to a contemporary and valuable museum to international standards.
Siber also called for the people who have documents with archive value to donate these documents to the national archive in order to contribute to the improvement of the museology.
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