In the shadow of the biggest economic crisis, at least for the last twenty years, the early “parliamentary” elections in the occupied territories took place yesterday in an unprecedented subdued atmosphere, with the final results being announced today, Monday, due to the large turnout of candidates. Specifically, 400 candidates claimed one of the fifty seats in the so-called occupied parliament. 203,792 voters had the right to vote, while 763 ballot boxes were placed in six regions: in Nicosia, Famagusta, Kyrenia, Lefka, Trikomo and Morphou. After the voting, the counting of votes began, while the results will be announced today by the “Supreme Electoral Council”, through the Turkish Cypriot news agency and the “state” television network Bayrak.
A record of abstention was recorded in the early “parliamentary elections” in the occupied territories. An economic stalemate, Turkish interventions and the lack of any prospects for a solution to the Cyprus problem finally sealed the dominance of the Tatar party. The KEE is 7 points ahead of the second Republican Turkish Party. According to the count which is at 100%, the turnout rose to 57.62% while in the so-called presidential elections in October 2020 it was 67.19%.
According to the Turkish news agency , KEE received 39.54% and 24 seats, PTK 32.04% and 18 seats, DI.KO 7.41% and three seats, the People's Party 6.68% and three seats and finally the Renaissance Party. 6.39% and two seats. The Socialist Democracy Party, led by Mustafa Akinci, failed to enter parliament.
In the Cyprus issue
After years of electoral battles, the Cyprus problem was not the focus of the pre-election campaign in the occupied territories, as it was overshadowed by the economic crisis plaguing the north, due to the devaluation of the Turkish pound on the one hand, and the consequences of the new coronary pandemic on the other. . The sluggish atmosphere that prevailed in a long pre-election period was reflected in the turnout, with the “president” of the “supreme electoral council” stating that, by 18:00 in the afternoon when the polls closed, 55.43% of the electorate voted “Body”. The process went smoothly, however, the “police” announced that 4 people were reported who took a photo of their ballot with their mobile phone.
To the diminished interest of the voters was added a movement to boycott the elections, consisting of small “extra-parliamentary” parties, stationed in the area of the Left and Center-Left, which in recent days called on Turkish Cypriots to abstain from the process as a sign of dissent. However, despite the above events, the leader of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), in recent days, tried to add the Cyprus issue to the election debate, referring to the crossing points in Louroutzina, Famagusta Gate and Paphos Gate, with the same and his party to argue that they should open up on the basis of Confidence Building Measures.
On the other hand, the National Unity Party (UBP) focused on co-operation with Turkey to resolve issues of concern, mainly the economy. Although the so-called Prime Minister of the Occupied Territories went to Turkey at the invitation and met with both President Tayyip Erdogan and Vice President Fuat Oktay, and received assurances of support for the Occupied Territories, this did not work in the polls. On the contrary, Turkish Cypriots who spoke to “P” stated that they did not go to the polls yesterday, because no one convinced them that anything could change in their daily lives.
The daily bread
Regarding the Cyprus issue, Turkish Cypriots expressed complete disappointment, saying that all hope was lost after the election of Ersin Tatar in the leadership, while they consider that it will be difficult to resume any effort to resolve it, based on the Bi-Zonal Bicommunal Federation. “People are more concerned with having a piece of bread, feeding their child, a job for their family to survive, than the Cyprus issue, which seems to have entered a dangerous turn,” Timujin told “P”, who expressed the view that if the EU and the UN do not decide to take the Cyprus issue seriously, then the division is closer than ever. Sener, speaking to our newspaper, explained that the great abstention observed yesterday is due to the lost hope of the Turkish Cypriots, for economic recovery and resolution of the Cyprus problem. “We are dependent on Turkey, we are waiting for Turkey to decide to send money to pay our salaries and they are asking for our vote. “Isn't it tragic?” He asked.
However, until late last night, it seemed that the balances in the political scene would change, since although the bet for the National Unity Party is to win the elections with a majority, so that it does not need the support of another party, nevertheless, political analysts considered that even if it does not win by a wide margin, there will be support from another party, with the question mark remaining in this case mainly what the People's Party will do, led by Kudret Ozersay and seeming to lose its regulatory role by the Democratic Party, led by Fikri Attaoglou. In addition, the Republican Turkish Party considered that an increase in its percentages and at the same time a reduction of the gap from the KEE to two to three points, could make the difference and with cooperation manage to win the majority in the “parliament” and the Tufan Erhiurman to claim the “prime minister” with claims.
Kilicdaroglou denounces interventions
The leader of the main opposition CHP (Republican People's Party), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, posted on Twitter, saying that in today's “elections” there are interventions from Turkey. Despite all the pressures and interventions, he said, he believes that the will of the Turkish Cypriots will be reflected in the “elections” of the Republic and conveyed his respect and love to the citizens.