Government pushes to discontinue compulsory voting laws in Cyprus

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Cyprus currently has an inactive law whereby omitting to vote in general elections supposedly results in a €340 fine. Finally the Cyprus cabinet passed a bill abolishing compulsory voting, which still needs to be approved by parliament. Government Officials have predicted that the bill will not decrease voting, as the existing legislation has been unenforceable for many years now. The Interior Minister made a statement: “To exercise the right to vote has to be just that, a right, not a duty; someone’s will in a democracy must be free and unaltered. If it is mandatory then it stops being democratic” he said.