Presidential Elections

Electoral system

According to the 1960 constitution of the Republic of Cyprus, the President is elected for a 5-year fixed term by members of the Greek Cypriot community. Following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in the 2004 Aziz vs Cyprus case, electoral law was amended to enable Turkish Cypriots residing in the south to vote for the first time in presidential elections. The Presidential elections allows for several rounds, maximum three. For the first ballot, 50% + 1 of votes is required, 40% for the second, and for the third, the candidate who receives the largest number of votes is elected. The Republic of Cyprus follows a presidential system with Presidents enjoying more powers than, for example, their French or American counterparts.