The Nationalist Unity Party (UBP), led by Prime Minister Hussein Ozgurgun, won more than 35 percent of the votes in the early general general elections held on Sunday, 7 January.
The main opposition Republican Party (CTP) came second, while the newly formed People’s Party (HP) was third. The results mean that a new coalition government will be established in the TRNC. Because of the mixed voting system implemented in the country, the exact voting rates of the parties and the number of deputies to be appointed today, will be determined.
A total of 388 candidates, including 8 political parties participated in the elections. The voter turnout rate was 63 percent. This reflects the fact that the election was held in the winter and there was a newly implemented electoral system. The mistakes made by the voters, especially those who used the new mixed system, led to a considerable number of spoiled ballot papers.