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Voting rights for non-Greek Cypriot residents.

This is a reaction to the letter of Mr. Clive Turner (Sunday Mail, June 8) in which he argues that non-Cypriot residents deserve voting rights.

Although it would be nice if all foreign residents in Cyprus could have voting rights, the reasoning of Mr Turner does not make sense. The election laws differ from country to country; some have deputies voted by district, others nationwide, thresholds vary, regulations for funding political parties are different etc.

Not all foreign residents in the UK have voting rights either.

As a Dutch resident in the UK, I can only participate in the municipal or EP elections, as is the case for foreign residents in Cyprus.

Greek Cypriots have voting rights in the UK only because Cyprus was part of the colonial empire, which is now the Commonwealth, but Cypriots do not have the same voting rights in Holland or Germany or Belgium etc.

Following the arguments of Mr Turner should mean that only UK residents in Cyprus should have voting rights, which I understand would not be acceptable for the Cypriots and the other foreign residents.

Jp Schipper, Peyia

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Date:Jun 16, 2014
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