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First reading of election result in AKEL – The two sides of the coin

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    First reading of election result in AKEL – The two sides of the coin – The reasons that led to the loss of a seat in the European Parliament – The victories in TA – What it says in an announcement

    The Political Office of K.E. of AKEL met today and made a first assessment of the results for the European and Local Government elections on June 9.

    In relation to the European elections, it was pointed out that the result is undoubtedly negative, after the Party lost one of the two seats it held and had a decline in electoral percentages, although in absolute numbers of votes AKEL – Left – Social Alliance remained stable. The development is negative for our presence in the European Parliament, however AKEL is determined to intensify its action at the European Parliament level always in the service of our country and people and with the vision of a fundamentally different Europe. Especially with the rise of the extreme right in Europe, as in our country, the Left is shouldering even greater responsibilities as a bulwark against what poisons European societies with hatred.

    Regarding the elections >Local Self-Government the picture is completely different, since AKEL -Left – Social Alliance achieved significant victoriesat all levels of the institution. The Party's choices, as well as the collaborations made, were largely vindicated. Specifically, out of the 20 municipalities of free Cyprus, 8 mayors from AKEL and another 6 supported by the Party were elected.. We even note that all the existing mayors of the Left were re-elected with percentages over 50%, which confirms their work and its impact in local communities. Three of the five presidents of the District Organizations were elected with the support of AKEL.

    As for the 93 vice-mayors, 41 vice-mayors were elected who come from or are supported by AKEL. In the occupied municipalities, 6 of the 9 elected mayors are supported by AKEL. In addition, the analysis of the results for the municipal councils shows an increase of almost 5% for the combinations of AKEL – Left – Social Alliance in relation to the parliamentary elections of 2021. The result of June 9 gives AKEL an impetus to continue its intervention even more effectively for the benefit of the country's local communities.

    The results of the two elections charge the edifice of AKEL with the responsibility of an objective analysis that leads to specific conclusions on issues that we must correct but also on positives on which we must build. This discussion will take place both in the guiding bodies of the Party and with the members and friends of the Party in the Social Alliance.

    From the analysis of the numbers of the two elections it appears that a significant portion of our voters who supported the choices and electoral combinations of AKEL in the Local Self-Government did not support our ballot in the European elections, a fact that needs to be studied. The result of a candidacy with special characteristics but no programmatic proposals does not need more political and sociological analysis. The difficulty in decoding these electoral behaviors lies in the fact that, on the one hand, they converge in the position of the general rejection of all the parties and institutions of the country, but on the other hand, they have heterogeneous or even opposite starting points and expectations. The only thing that is certain is that as a Party we will not be led to discredit sections of society because of their electoral behavior, but to a more systematic effort to understand and approach them.

    Finally, the PG of the K.E. of the Party thanks all the people who supported AKEL – Left – Social Alliance in the double elections of June 9 and assures that he will work even more decisively to justify this conscious trust. At the same time, he congratulates the members and executives of the Party, the candidates of AKEL – Left – Social Alliance for the fight they gave and calls on everyone to continue with determination and unity.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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