On Monday, the Supreme Election Committee (SEC) announced that 388 candidates, drawn from 8 political parties will participate in the TRNC Early General Election next year.

The SEC list also includes 9 independent candidates, 120 female candidates and 7 candidates with disabilities. The election will be held on 7 January 2018, when 188,688 voters will cast their votes for a new government.

In 2018, the new Election and Referendum (amendment) Law will come into force, effectively categorizing the TRNC as a single general electoral district, with voters selecting 50 candidates from 6 districts according to a preferential voting system where candidates are ranked in order of voters’ preference. This year, voters will choose the following number of candidates in each district to act as their representatives : 16 from Lefkoşa, 13 from Gazimağusa, 10 from Girne, 5 from İskele, 4 from Güzelyurt and 2 candidates from Lefke, a new district.

The SEC has also announced that official election campaigning for the 2018 general election will begin from today.

Source: TRNC Public Information Office