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Elections may be postponed due to complex new law

26 October 2017

North Cyprus News - TRNC Assembly

The elections to be held early next year may be postponed to January 14 instead of the mooted date of 7 January.

According to Turkish Cypriot daily Kibris, the so-called higher election committee suggested the new date because there is a lot of work to be done to the new draft election law and because of the New Year holidays.

The head of the parliamentary committee of law, political and foreign affairs Izlem Gurcag told Kibris that the postponement of the elections is possible, but nothing is determined or official yet.

She also stated that no proposals had been submitted to the committee, adding that the will for conducting early elections will not be lost if election day is postponed for one week.

Meanwhile, prior to this announcement, Turkish Cypriot daily Havadis reports that assembly representatives had pointed out the serious problems as regards the new system and the way of voting, the paper writes that even the deputies find the new system difficult to understand.

Mehmet Cakici, independent deputy and chairman of the Communal Liberation Party (TKP) called on President Mustafa Akinci not to approve the draft-law, which the deputies themselves cannot understand and has not been fully explained to the people. Otherwise, the 7 January elections will create chaos, he argued.

Kibris, Havadis

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