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Today is a historic day for Cyprus, as after many years and consultations after consultations, the Plenary Session of the Parliament approved the three bills for the reform of local self-government which create a total of 20 Municipalities throughout Cyprus.

An amendment was also voted in favor. DISY for not holding referendums for the purposes of the proposed mergers of local authorities, as well as other amendments, some of which concerned changes in the mergers.

After the vote on the reform, the Minister of Interior described as “promising tomorrow in the TA” as hopeful. [/embed]

The purpose of the bills is to review the current legislative framework governing local government, with the ultimate goal of improving the regulatory, supervisory and coordinating framework of the local government system.

The purpose of the Law on Municipalities of 2020 is, among other things, the modernization of the current legislative framework so that the Municipalities gain administrative and financial autonomy, in order to become financially and functionally viable as local authorities. & Nbsp;

Accordingly, the Law on Communities of 2020 amends the existing law, in order to modernize some of its provisions and to introduce regulations for the provision of common services by certain communities, through the establishment and operation of local service complexes, such as household waste collection, the provision of health services and cleaning services and the regulation of traffic.

The purpose of the Law on Provincial Complexes of 2015, is to enact legislation for the establishment and operation of provincial complexes, ie a provincial self-government organization in each province, with responsibilities that will be exercised at the provincial level and will relate to water supply, sewerage operation. and solid waste management. The bill originally provided for the issuance of town planning and building permits by the provincial self-government organizations, however, during its discussion, the relevant provisions were deleted, so that this responsibility is exercised by the local authorities instead of the said organizations.

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Five Municipalities are created in Nicosia, four in Limassol, five in Larnaca, four in Paphos and two in Famagusta. & nbsp;

Nicosia District:

Municipality of Nicosia, based in Nicosia, which consists of the municipalities of Nicosia, Agios Dometios, Engomi and Aglantzia, which are renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of Nicosia ∙ Municipality of Lakatamia, based in Lakatamia, which consists of the municipalities and Tseri, as well as the community settlement of Anthoupolis, which are renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of Lakatameia ∙ Municipality of Latsia-Geri, based in Latsia, which consists of the municipalities of Latsia and Geri, which are renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts Municipality of Latsia-Geri ∙ Municipality of South Nicosia-Idali, based in Idalion, which consists of the municipality of Idali and the communities of Alhambra, Lympia, Nisos, Pera Chorio and Potamia, which are renamed to the corresponding homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of South-Idalio ∙ Municipality of Strovolos

Limassol District:

Municipality of Limassol, based in Limassol, which consists of the municipalities of Limassol and Mesa Geitonia, as well as the community of Circassians, renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of Limassol ∙ Municipality of Eastern Limassol, based in Agios Athanasios, which is the municipalities of Agios Athanasios and Germasogeia, as well as the communities of Agios Tychonas, Akrountas, Mathikoloni, Mouttagiaka and Finikaria, Armenochori & nbsp; renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of East Limassol ∙ Kato Polemidion and the community of Ano Polemidion, renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of Polemidion ∙ Municipality of West Limassol, based in Ypsonas, which consists of the municipality of Ypsonas and the communities of Akrotiri Asomatos (Limassol), Episos, Epis , Kantou, Kolossi, Sotira (Limassol) and Trachoni (Limassol), which are renamed corresponding homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of West Limassol ∙

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Larnaca District:

Municipality of Larnaca, based in Larnaca, which consists of the municipalities of Larnaca and Livadia, as well as the community of Voroklini, renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of Larnaca ∙ Municipality of Aradippou, based in Aradippou, which consists of the municipality of Aradipou , as well as the communities of Kellia and Troullos, which are renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of Aradippou ∙ Municipality of Dromolaxia-Meneou, based in Dromolaxia, which consists of the municipality of Dromolaxia-Meneou, as well as the communities of Kitio, Perivolia) ( and Tersefanou which are renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of Dromolaxia-Meneos ∙ Municipality of Lefkara, based in Lefkara, which consists of the municipality of Lefkara and the communities of Vavla, Delikipou, Kato Lefkara, Kornos, Lagounas and Lagos respective homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of Lefkara ∙ Municipality of Athienou, based in Athienou, which is by the Municipality of Athienos and the community of Avdelleros, which are renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of the Municipality of Athienos ∙

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Municipality of East Paphos, based in Geroskipou, which consists of the municipality of Geroskipou and the communities of Agia Marinouda, Achelia, Konia and Timi, renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of East Paphos ∙ Municipality of West Paphos, based in which consists of the municipality of Pegeia and the communities of Akoursos, Inia, Kathika, Kato Arodes, Kissonerga and Pano Arodes, which are renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of West Paphos ∙ Municipality of Polis Chrysochous, based in Polis Chrysochous, which Municipality of Polis Chrysochous and the communities of Agia Marina (Chrysochous), Androlikou, Argaka, Gialia, Drousia, Kritou Tera, Makounta, Neou Chorio (Paphos), Neon Dimmata, Pelathousa, Pomou, Tera and Chrysochous, which are renamed Municipality of Polis Chrysochous ∙ Municipality of Paphos

Famagusta District

Municipality of Ayia Napa, based in Ayia Napa, which consists of the municipalities of Ayia Napa and Sotira, as well as the communities of Avgorou, Achna and Liopetri, renamed to the respective homonymous municipal districts of Ayia Napa ∙ Municipality of Paralimni – Deryneia, Paralimni, which consists of the municipalities of Paralimni and Deryneia, as well as the communities of Acheritos and Frenaros, which are renamed to the respective municipal districts of the Municipality of Paralimni.

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In his inaugural speech, the Chairman of the Interior Committee, AKEL MP Aristos Damianou, stated that today an odyssey is coming to an end, after ten years of discussions, upheavals, setbacks, conflicts and uncertainty. He added that with hard work, perseverance and determination, the Home Affairs Committee is doing its job. A task that became imperative after this House took the painful decision to postpone the elections with the aim of completing the reform.

He noted that in the context of the more than 45-hour meetings of the competent Committee on Home Affairs, the members of the Committee and the parliamentary groups made more than 150 changes and additions, thus significantly enriching the government bills. He also said that it would be a pity if through philosophy the philosophy, the architecture, the logic of the bills are altered, without, as he said, taking away from the sovereign right of the House to have the last and decisive word.

He appealed to each recipient for the forthcoming vote by the Plenary Session not to give rise to either celebrations, dithyrambs or remorse and denial. It should, as he said, be the beginning of the implementation process with persuasion, with dialogue, with flexibility but also with determination. Because, as he said, everyone is judged by the result and not by the intentions. After all, as he said, the implementation concerns both the current and the next government.

Mr. Damianou also said that the Plenary Session of the Parliament has before it a complete institutional framework, as a result of a collective effort, which is rightly called reform. If passed, he said, the bet on those who will receive it is specific, to turn the more than 600 pages of the three laws into practice, to give life to the content of the reform.

He also said that they will follow the development of law enforcement and within the scope of our responsibilities will intervene creatively.

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DISY 's MP disagreed with the proposal for holding local referendums. In his statement, MP Nikos Sykas expressed the view that anyone and to be the result of today's vote, the hard work that everyone has done to get the three 514-page bills to Parliament should be honored. He spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was not the answer.”I believe that today paves the way for a new era in the reform of local government. “The passage of the three TA bills is a turning point that will create the conditions that will contribute to the solution of the important and multifaceted problems faced by the municipalities and the communities over time”, he said.

He added that whatever the outcome, a reform of municipalities and communities remains, which overcomes the pathogenesis and takes into account the specificities of local communities and future needs.

He said that DISY adopts the proposal of the government for mergers of municipalities based on specific characteristics and scientific criteria.

He expressed the disagreement of DISY with the local referendums which, as he said, annul the reform but also “ourselves”. He also referred to the opinion of the General Assembly, which considered such a thing unconstitutional.

He also said that the party has received a number of letters from municipalities and communities about the proposed mergers, and that the reactions and disagreements are fully respected, but that the important thing is the benefit that the citizens themselves will have from the reform.

DISY MP Kyriakos Hatzigiannis, referring to the postponement of the local elections, said that we put democracy in the freezer wrong to take the next step and to make this big change. He added that the big parties in their honor gave the smaller electoral benefits to move forward.

He said that through the reform, administrative autonomy, financial autonomy, transparency in the way the local authority operates, accountability through the many suggestions and amendments that have been passed unanimously in most cases and accepted by the executive, with flexibility by most to achieve the best, for participatory local authority, financial control and efficiency. He added that they have passed the recommendations of the Auditor General and other suggestions against entanglement and corruption may be included in the future, since the project does not end as he said here, but begins.

He also stated that no political force is needed to seek electoral benefit through this reform because it is everyone's decision.

DISY MP Nikos Georgiou spoke about a radical reform with provisions that will be instilled in the daily life of the Cypriot citizen, directly related to the qualitative improvement of the conditions in the environment in which he lives and works. He also said that the architecture of the reform with the three bills essentially transforms the way the TA operates as we have known it so far, delegating powers from the central state to the municipalities with administrative and financial autonomy.

At the same time, Mr. Georgiou expressed disagreement with the scenario for twenty or more municipalities promoted by the opposition, stating that this number does not serve the demand that everyone wants, while he said that the local referendums are a time buzz in the foundations of achieving the reform the role of the political parties, undermine the institution of the House of Representatives.

“It is a matter of public interest and not of party interests,” said A. Damianou

With an appeal to all political forces and especially to the ruling party, for consensus instead of conflict, the AKEL MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Interior Committee underlined that the reform of the T.A. is “a matter of public interest and not of partisan or other interests”.

He characteristically stated that AKEL, as an opposition party, did not behave small-mindedly, since it found that “a government proposal is moving in the right direction”. He also expressed his satisfaction for the fact that the texts of the legislations, to a great extent, also reflect the positions of his party, “since beyond the 100 proposals of AKEL they found their place in the bills”. He clarified, however, that AKEL will not vote on amendments that overturn the philosophy of the bills.

He stressed that the reform is not just a matter of mergers, as “procedures are introduced that potentially ensure the administrative and financial autonomy of local government, enhance transparency, accountability and public consultation.” He argued that the TA, after continuing the claims from the central state, “can evolve into a real local government.”

As very important for AKEL presented the amendment tabled on the initiative of DIPA, for the distribution of seats in the second distribution, giving increased possibilities of representation in parties and combinations with smaller percentages.

As for the merger scenarios, which were approved by a majority in March 2021, he said they “basically maintain the necessary geographical, economic and social balance” as well as “the policy element in the sense of national balance”. He argued that the criterion of sustainability, proposed by the Ministry of Interior for the complexes, contradicts the fact that “the ruling party promotes as autonomous Municipalities to which millions of debts were owed to the public to survive, such as the Municipality Aradippou ».

He said that AKEL considers that the Municipalities of Athienos and Deryneia should remain autonomous, without affecting the special status of Pyla. AKEL also proposed the unification of the Municipalities of Aglantzia, Latsia and Geri, for the formation of the Municipality of Athalassa, which, as he said, has “a great development perspective and with strong environmental symbolism”.

He also supported the restoration of the Municipality of Aradippou to the new Municipality of Larnaca, so that the residents of Aradippou reap the economic benefits from the development of a Municipality with a large coastline. On the contrary, he said, the merging of Cells and Domes with Aradippou, “will lead to a jump in fees and will become mutually damaging.”

Particular emphasis was placed on maintaining the semi-occupied Municipality of Deryneia instead of merging with the Municipality of Paralimni. “It is sad that our gate in occupied Famagusta and in the enclosed area of ​​Varosia can be measured with money”, stressed Mr. Damianou, explaining that the Municipality of Deryneia should be united with the communities of Frenaros and Acheritos, as a “natural extension of the occupied ». He made a special reference to the proposal of AKEL, EDEK and the Movement of Ecologists for holding referendums, arguing that “citizens should have a say on an issue that concerns them and that affects their lives.”

Mr. Damianou acknowledged “expediencies with economic implications” in the proposal for the union of Asomatos and Ypsonas with Limassol, damaging expediencies in the secession of Aradippou from Larnaca, while he characterized as “nationally harmful” the non-preservation of the municipality of Deryne. He also said that he cancels the philosophy of T.A. the merging of the viable Municipality of Strovolos with the rest of Nicosia, resulting in “a hydrocephalus that will constitute almost 38% of the electorate of Cyprus”.

Independent Service for Recruitment, Promotion and Development employees, suggested & nbsp; DIKO

DIKO MP Panikos Leonidou in his own speech said that what needs to be done through the reform of Local Government are changes that will lead to improvement in the Organization, Structure and Functioning of local government organizations.

Regarding the number of Municipalities, Mr. Leonidou said that for DIKO it was not the major issue, since what prevailed and is paramount, is the way of exercising power of the institution. In other words, to give these responsibilities to the Local Government authorities, in order to guarantee their right to financial and administrative independence, he said and expressed his satisfaction because many of DIKO's proposals were adopted by the majority of the Interior Committee and incorporated in the final texts.

One of the suggestions of DIKO, he noted, concerns the establishment/creation of an Independent Service, which will be responsible for Recruitment, Promotion, Development of employees, without the involvement of Municipal and Community Councils. DIKO also proposed the creation of 5-member committees in each department, which will cooperate and discuss at regular intervals with the representatives of the departments in the Municipalities, on all local issues.

Among other things, he said that a significant cut is the position of DIKO to limit to three terms of office of all local government officials, while at the same time submitting an amendment, to provide an opportunity to all those who have completed the third term and after completing the two and a half years of the extension that has already been given, to submit a candidacy for another election.

and the sincere will to vote and implement the reform, we should also set aside this condition that we set for voting.

DIKO MP Christos Senekis referred to the issue of inelastic provision for the annual state sponsorship to the Municipalities, amounting to 117 million euros. As he said, the state sponsorship should be calculated as a percentage of the Income Tax of Natural and Legal Persons and the VAT in order to motivate the Local Authorities to contribute with their own actions to fight tax evasion, tax avoidance and undeclared work. >

DIKO MP Chrysanthos Savvidis spoke about the school ephorates, saying that the services in the school units are not at a level of proper operation as with the many weights that the Municipalities have they will not be able to serve a living organization such as schools with flexibility. What needs to be done, he said, is to strengthen school ephorates with bigger budgets and more staff.

T.A. with party characteristics sees & nbsp; ELAM

in the form of billsELAM, through its MPs, Linos Papagiannis and Sotiris Ioannou, stated that it would support the amendments aimed at improving the quality of life of the citizens “and not the interests of the party kingdoms.”

Mr. Papagiannis said that the bills have nothing to do with the original texts, since a huge effort was made mainly by the two largest parties for party local self-government and not real local self-government for the ordinary citizen. The goal, he said, should be the good of the citizen, the improvement of services, and the equitable representation of small communities should be ensured.

Referring to his province, free Famagusta, he said he would there had to be a single municipality that would have a common struggle and grow, as, with the proposed scenario, the province could be divided into two camps “with the blessings of almost all parties.”

Speaking about his own province, Larnaca, Mr. Ioannou said that there are issues, reactions and concerns from the citizens because they know that in most cases decisions are made based on party interests.

An example, he said, is the community of Kiti after the local rulers acted “in such a way”, in order for party patriotism to prevail. He also referred to the “peculiar regime” of Pyla, which, as he said, has turned the Greek Cypriots into second-class citizens, and thanks to which it remains without any unification and without the benefits that will be enjoyed by the other communities and municipalities.

Danger of leading the TA to deregulation, if the bill is passed as it is, said M. & nbsp; Sizopoulos

The President of EDEK Marinos Sizopoulos stated that in order for the reform to be fulfilled and to be substantial, it must meet the needs of the institution and lead it to a quality upgrade for the benefit of the citizens. He added that the power closest to the citizen should function in a transparent manner, to ensure the widest possible representation of the people, to ensure the highest democratic processes, to contribute to the uniform development of the geographical area, to provide services to the citizens. are qualitatively upgraded, immediate and at the lowest possible cost, to avoid waste and mismanagement and to have a prudent financial management so that the citizens are not burdened with heavy taxes.

As he said, in the bill that they have before them for voting, the above principles are not secured. He also said that the unification of municipalities is not based on rational criteria but on expediencies. He also stated his opposition to the proposed electoral system, which excludes all parties except the two largest, with few exceptions, and the mass urbanization of communities.

At the same time, he expressed his opposition to the identification of the municipal elections with the European elections, stating that if we wanted to reduce the electoral expenses, the parliamentary elections could be identified with the European elections that have approximately the same political background.

O Mr. Sizopoulos also said that with the intention of the so-called reform, various expediencies are promoted by different parties, not for the service of the reform and the citizens.

“Ultimately, we are very afraid that if the bill is passed as it is, it will not ultimately lead to reform in the TA, but there is a risk that it will lead to deregulation as well as to other institutions, which unfortunately we led to with our actions and decisions,” he said. Regarding the referendums, he said that they should have a & nbsp; local character depending on the problems of each region and be preceded by the discussion of the specific bills so that the deputies have an understanding of what the citizens want.

< p>Finally, he stated that the final position of EDEK will depend on the fate of the amendments that have been tabled, in order to base the basic principles of the reform on which additional improvements can be made. On his part, EDEK MP Kostis Efstathiou said that the goal of the TA reform was and remains the need for self-sufficiency and autonomy of the TA organizations.

He expressed the view that a very good opportunity to achieve these goals through the bills was lost, the opportunity to & nbsp; create a secondary TA was lost, while he said that the provincial organization could not play this role.

At the same time, he expressed the position of EDEK that the reform should cultivate the culture of uniting the municipalities for this, as he said, and the amendments of EDEK on the basis of a single and universal vote. At the same time, he expressed the view that school tax authorities should not be part of this reform, so that schools are controlled not by a hydrocephalus organization but on the basis of the local community. At the same time, he opposed the local factorism in the municipalities and expressed his disagreement with the deputy mayors who, as he said, continue to be camps within the municipalities.

After the reform vote in the TA. most work will start, said M. & nbsp; Mousiouttas & nbsp; of & nbsp; DIPA

Most of the work for the reform of the T.A. DIPA MP Marinos Mousiouttas said in his speech at the Plenary Session of the Parliament, adding that the Parliament will be ready to respond to the solution of problems, if weaknesses are identified in the practical implementation.

He stated that the reform aims to give additional responsibilities to the local authorities, “with better and cheaper services” and that in this direction the District Council is established, gathering responsibilities that were scattered in various organizations. “Some of what was sought, we achieved and some did not,” he said, adding that “the effort will continue, since in practical application can be identified problems or things we had not thought of.”

He said that DIPA supported a model for 14 Municipalities, taking into account geographical and economic data, and despite the fact that the proposal was not accepted, he said that he would continue until the end to try to convince of its necessity.

On the occasion of the proposal for holding referendums, he stated that “holding a referendum here where things have reached, carries the risk that all the work we have done will be wasted”. He stressed that if a municipality or community refuses, the reform will not be implemented at this point, with the result that the economies of scale designed to create the complex will be lost and the legislation will be repealed.

Regarding the conduct of elections, he stated that the proposal of DIPA is the simple proportional one, so that each party or formation, depending on the percentage of votes, can be entitled to a corresponding number of seats. He stated that other amendments, which supported larger parties, exclude the smaller parties from the representation in the T.A. Regarding the Election of Deputy Mayors in the municipal districts, he argued that they should be elected by the municipal councilors of the districts of each complex.

Referring to practical issues for the daily operation of the Municipalities, he spoke about amendments concerning the regulation of issues for the preservation of common peace in areas with places of entertainment (so that it can be settled even through out-of-court settlements), as well as mandatory inspections at regular intervals. , for the safety of old buildings.

He also spoke about the amendments for the relocation of employees, where after the mergers there will be two employees with the same position, so that there is no surplus in one entity.

The problem is the lack of consultation and the complete ignorance of the citizens about the changes, said A. & nbsp; Attalidou & nbsp; of Ecologists

In her speech, the Member of Parliament for the Ecologists-Citizens' Cooperation Movement, Alexandra Attalidou, spoke of a “distorted process” and a lack of consultation by the government with the affected parts of the reform, as well as the fact that so far it has not held any kind of referendum in order to secure the consent of the local communities.

He also referred to the “complete ignorance of the people about what changes are coming to their lives”, with the political world divided and trapped in partisan expediencies, and said that it was unfortunate that the government was promoting reforms only when it was receiving funding from abroad. raising funds from the Recovery and Sustainability Plan.

Ms. Attalidou called on the other MPs to support the provision of the bill for the creation of the Municipality of West Paphos, known as the Municipality of Akama, consisting of the Municipality of Pegeia and the communities of Kissonerga, Akoursos, Kathikas, Pano Arodes, Kato Arodes, and the well-meaning interest of the communities of the region and of course of the Akama Peninsula “.

” The parties will not secure their political castles “through the vote of the reform, A. Themistokleous

Limassol Independent MP Andreas Themistokleous said that the concept of the referendum if implemented will lead to deadlocks, adventures and in the end the current municipalities will be meteoric.

He also said that a very good job has been done by both the Ministry. Home Affairs and the Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, while he said that it is logical that there will be gaps, that the legislators may not have foreseen what will happen in the future.

At the same time, he said that the parties should be reconciled with the idea that from today they will not secure their political castles, while he added that all parties should see the big picture for the future of local government.

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Amendments to the Law on Municipalities

The law on Municipalities was approved by a majority of an amendment of DISY for the abolition of the provisions of the bill that provide for the holding of referendums for the purposes of the proposed mergers of local authorities.

An amendment of DIKO was also voted unanimously for an increase of the municipal councilors of the new Municipalities by four. The party's amendment was also unanimously voted not to include, for the purposes of the provision providing for the limitation of the terms of office of the mayor or the municipal councilor, the term of office which expires on the last day of the month in which the next general municipal elections. Another amendment of DIKO that passed unanimously aims at the District Committee of each municipal district of the new municipalities to be at least five members. In the event that less than five councilors have been elected in the relevant municipal district, the vacancy will be filled by other persons who will take over as members of that committee.

An amendment of EDEK was also voted unanimously so that a person can submit a candidacy for mayor, deputy mayor or councilor in the municipality within which he has his professional residence or mainly exercises his profession or achievement, since the said municipality essentially became the center of his activities.

An amendment of DIPA – Cooperation of Democratic Forces was passed by a majority in order to clarify the proposed regulations regarding the implementation of a second distribution of seats in each municipal district. In particular, it is determined that in the second distribution of seats the Municipality will be considered as a constituency, as well as that the candidates will not be required to collect a certain percentage of all valid votes. Also, with an amendment of the party that passed unanimously, provisions are introduced, so that, in case in which an employee who held the position of director, head of technical services or head of financial services is transferred to the new Municipality and if it is not possible to be placed in a position whose duties and the responsibilities are proportional to those of the position he held, the employee in question may be transferred to another Municipality.

AKEL-DIKO-Ecologists unanimously passed an amendment to introduce regulations regarding the free parking of electric vehicles and vehicles powered by an electric motor in a municipal parking lot where the parking of vehicles is not controlled by a mechanism or other vehicle entry and exit control system. Regarding the amendments for the mergers of the Municipalities, the DISY amendment for the inclusion of the Municipality of Strovolos in the new Municipality of Nicosia and the AKEL amendment for the renaming of the proposed new Municipality of Latsia-Geri to the Municipality of Athalassa and the inclusion of the Municipality of Aglantzia were rejected. ;

The Parliament voted by a majority in favor of the amendment DISY-AKEL for & nbsp; inclusion of the community of Armenochori in the Municipality of Eastern Limassol.

An amendment was also voted by DISY for the removal from the new Municipality of Lefkara of the communities of Agios Theodoros (Larnaca) and Kato Dry and an AKEL amendment for the removal of Kofinou to leave the Municipality of Lefkara.

AKEL amendment was also voted by a majority. for renaming the Municipality of Paralimni to the Municipality of Paralimni-Deryneia.

Amendments to the Law on Communities

AKEL amendment to the law on communities was approved by a majority, which introduces a provision so that persons claiming elections in occupied communities are excluded from the application of the regulation to limit the term of office of the community leader or member of a community council.

An amendment of DIKO was also approved so that for the purposes of applying the provision that provides for the limitation of the term of office of the co-chair or member of the Council, the term of office of a person ending on the last day of the month in which the next general community elections will be held .

Regarding the mergers of communities, amendments were passed by the parties DISY – AKEL-DIKO-ELAM for the inclusion of the community of Agios Theodoros (Larnaca) in the E complex of the Larnaca province, for the inclusion of Kato Dri in the D complex and inclusion of Kofinou in Complex B.

An amendment of DIKO was also approved for the transfer of the community of Koili from Complex C to Complex F of Paphos province.

Amendments to the Law on Provincial Complexes

In the Law on District Complexes, an amendment of DIKO was approved for the direct election of the President of each Council by the electoral body of the respective constituency.

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