Eroglu and Akinci: Head-to-Head in runoff "elections"
Dervis Eroglu and Mustafa Akinci are the two candidates who will face each other in a run-off "election" in Turkish occupied Cyprus, next Sunday, where the Turkish-Cypriots will "elect" their leader.
Today's polling did not give any of the seven candidates a clear lead, with 50% plus one of the votes, so incumbent Eroglu and Akinci will be the two candidates in next Sunday`s polling.
Having counted the votes from 679 ballot boxes, out of a total of 693, the results are as follows:
Dervis Eroglu 28,21%
Mustafa Akinci 26,92%
Sibel Siber 22,54%
Kudret Ozersay 21,21%
Each of the other three candidates got less than one per cent of the vote.
According to availabe information from occupied Cyprus, 62.5% of registered voters participated in today`s polling.
The candidates were: Mustafa Akinci, Arif Salih Kirdag, Mustafa Ulas, Kudret Ozersay, and Dervis Eroglu, all of whom are running as independent. Sibel Siber is backed by the Turkish Republican party and Mustafa Onourer by the Socialist party.
The leader of the Turkish Cypriot community acts as its representative at the UN-backed peace talks, which are expected to resume in May.
Most voters live in the Turkish occupied part of Nicosia district, followed by Famagusta on the east, Kyrenia on the north, Morphou on the west and Trikomo in the Karpass peninsula.
Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Repeated UN-backed rounds of peace talks have yet to yield results to reunite the country under a federal roof.