As expected, a run-off vote faces incumbent Nikos Anastasiades versus communist party AKEL backed Stavros Malas next Sunday.
11 percent fewer votes were cast in the 2018 presidential elections compared to 2013, said the Cyprus Election Service. Sixty-six percent of the voting public had turned in their votes, compared to 77.4 percent in 2013.
Voting went smoothly and according to plan, said the Election Service.
Many were expecting a run-off vote next Sunday and waiting for this to decide. Abstention is higher than usual, perhaps reflecting not so much apathy as indecisiveness at this point.
Political sentiment is mixed. There are many issues still yet to be fixed in the aftermath of the prolonged economic and financial storm which came to a head with disastrous consequences in 2013. Still, few want to rock the boat even in the calmer economic waters we are experiencing now.
The candidates were: incumbent Nikos Anastasiades (DISY); Nikolas Papadopoulos (DIKO); Stavros Malas (AKEL); Giorgos Lillikas (independent); Haris Aristidou; Andreas Efstradiou; Christakis Kapiliotis; Michail Mina; and Christos Christou