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AKEL: They are looking for answers about the result of the European elections

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The first session of the Political Bureau of AKEL in the first week after the elections of June 9 reflected the concerns that prevail in the Left party, in and from the lengthy announcement that followed the session of the collective body.

The second session is expected and required to codify some positions and conclusions in order to transfer them before the Central Committee of the party which will meet at a later stage, in order for the relevant decisions to be taken by the highest collective body of the party.

< strong>This is with regard to the procedural part of reading the data for AKEL after the unexpectedly bad result of the European elections. But beyond the procedures, there is also the essence of the matter that should be discussed and the reality is that in offices of Ezekia Papaioannou there is intense concern about the result.

This may be the reason why there is a waiting attitude for the party's procedures. What he is concerned about is not being led to wrong conclusions and assessments, operating under the pressure of facts and the need to announce something to the party world.

There are certainly two points of reference on which the analysis is focused. of the party:

>> The difference between the European elections ballot box and the Local Government ballot box.The first reading, which also helps in the communication management of the election result, is that AKEL recorded significant victories in the Local Government. And so it is a message how the local election ballots were embraced by his world and society at large. But what happened to the vote in the European elections and why was it lost along the way?

This is a key question from which the reflection also begins why after all the people of AKEL went to the polls and voted the ballots of the local elections, didn't he vote for the European elections?This means that the choice was conscious not to vote in the European elections ballot, because it did not generally abstain.

Two factors now enter the equation.


strong> The competitiveness of the party's ballot. It seems from the facts that for various reasons the AKEL ballot was not competitive or did not have the names of krachts to attract votes. Apart from the first two candidates in preference crosses, the rest of the candidates moved at quite low levels compared to the data of other seasons in AKEL.

Secondly:The message that its voters might have wanted to send to the party. At the same time, of course, it is well known that there is also a portion of hard-line left-wing AKEL voters who stay away from the European elections because they believe that this is how they express their disagreement with EU policies.

>> low participation of Turkish Cypriots.Prior to the election, expectations had been raised for increased participation of Turkish Cypriots in the polls. Some estimates even spoke of double or even triple the number of Turkish Cypriots compared to the previous European elections. Perhaps these estimates were exaggerated, but in any case there was almost a common belief that participation would be increased compared to 2019.

There were even assurances from Turkish Cypriot parties that they would facilitate the participation of Turkish Cypriots in the ballot box. In fact, what is believed is that at least on the part of the Republican Turkish Partydistances were finally kept due to the statements by the occupying regime, where somehow a climate of intimidation had been created against those who intended to come to vote. The smaller left-wing Turkish Cypriot parties were supportive of the effort.

An additional reason seems to have been the general political scene. In times when there is no mobility in the Cyprus issue and therefore there is no prospect of a solution on the horizon, there is no motivation and thus the interest in participating in a common electoral process decreases. This may also explain why Niazi Kizilyurek got fewer votes than in 2019.

In the case of the Turkish Cypriot academic, other factors played a role, of course, which had to do with the dissatisfaction of a portion of the party's voters with the his stance on the presidential elections. It is known that he did not support the candidacy of Andreas Mavroyiannis from the beginning. From time to time there were various rumors about his relations with the leadership of the party.

In any case, this year the participation of the Turkish Cypriots was about the same as in the previous European elections, however, in relation to 2019, AKEL got more votes from the Turkish Cypriot polls. Although this year there were still two Turkish Cypriot candidates with other parties, in the previous European elections there was the combination “Jasemi”  with six Turkish Cypriot candidates who then got a number of votes.

Source: www.philenews.com

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