Greek-Cypriots voted on Sunday (5 September) for a new House of Representatives with parties supporting the President, Archbishop Makarios, predicted to win a majority.
GV People queue outside polling station
MV People walking into polling station
CU Election sign written in Greek PAN TO people waiting to enter polling station (2 shots)
MV People having identity cards checked and entering polling station (3 shots)
MVs INTERIOR Voters having identity cards checked and polling cards handed out (4 shots)
MV Voters casting vote watched by police (3 shots)
MV People casting votes
MV Polling cards being handed out
CU Padlocked and sealed voting box
CU Votes being cast
No Turkish-Cypriots took part in the elections for the House of Representatives. There is still no sign of an agreement between Turkish and Greek-Cypriots on resolving the future of the island. Both Greece and the Greek-Cypriot community have accused Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriots of establishing a separate state in Cyprus. On Wednesday (1 September) Turkish-Cypriot leaders opened talks with Turkish Government ministers on developing the economy of the Turkish sector.
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Background: Greek-Cypriots voted on Sunday (5 September) for a new House of Representatives with parties supporting the President, Archbishop Makarios, predicted to win a majority.
SYNOPSIS: There were 35 seats at stake with a heavy poll reported. The election has been complicated by the special arrangements for voters displaced by the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. President Makarios did not join in the voting at Nicosia. Instead he spent the weekend at his summer lodge outside the city. The election do not directly concern the Presidency but supporters of President Makarios forecast the President would emerge with his prestige enhanced by a victory for parties supporting his policy of regaining the Turkish-occupied sector of the island.
Since the invasion by Turkish forces about 40 per cent of the island has been under their control. The invasion followed the temporary overthrow of president Makarios by Greek-Cypriot right-wingers led by former guerrilla leader Mr. Nicos Sampson. He served as president for eight days, before President Makarios was resorted to power. Last month Mr. Sampson was jailed for 20 years for his part in the coup.