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New voter apathy hits all-time low.

Only around 3,400 of 40,000 eligible new voters have registered for next year's presidential elections, making a new low in election apathy, an official said on Friday.

In a bid to encourage young people to register to vote, the interior ministry and the press and information office launched a campaign on social media two weeks ago and on TV and radio a week ago telling people that if they would like 'to have a right to whine' they should vote.

The short video clip being aired by local tv station says that those who choose to not vote and let others decide for them should not 'later whine, criticise, applaud, and discuss'.

The video urges members of the public to register, if they want to have a say: "So that you too, can have a right to whine".

But the campaign appears to have not been very successful in mobilising potential voters as less than three weeks before the deadline -- December 18 -- only around 3,400 people have registered to vote.

"This is terrible. Compared with other elections, this (lack of interest) tops it all," electoral service director Demetris Demetriou told the Cyprus Mail.

He added that some people might register last minute, but that he was not very optimistic that the number would change much before the deadline.

The interest of young people between 18 and 30 in registering as voters is much lower than in 2013, when around 15,000 people registered during last three months before the presidential elections.

Anyone interested in registering to vote can do so at district administrations, citizen service centres, and at the interior ministry's central elections service. Applicants must present the relevant application form, their identity card and a recent photo. If the application is filed by proxy -- for people over 25 -- verification from the local mukhtar is also necessary.

The application form may be found here:

To see the video:

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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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