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Interior ministry agrees with postponement of overseas voting
2003-01-01 16:39:51

Nicosia, Dec 31 (CNA) ? Interior Minister Andreas Panagiotou agreed with the decision of the House Interior Committee to put off of the law allowing Cypriots to vote overseas.

In statements here Tuesday, Panagiotou explained that there is little rime left until the elections, scheduled for 16 and 23rd February (if there is a second round), to implement the provisions of the relevant law.

Panagiotou referred to the amended bill, which makes compulsory voting in countries in which the Republic of Cyprus does not maintain embassies and said the ministry had pointed out that it would have faced great difficulties in implementing the relevant provision.|

The election lists, he added, will have to be ready on 2nd January, "therefore you realise, this provision could not have been implemented," he said.

He reiterated that the ministry is "ready" for the elections adding they have already held meetings with all political parties and will meet next week with the district officers.

President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides is expected on January 3, 2003 to proclaim the presidential elections.

CNA/GSA/EC/??/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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