CyBC, Phileleftheros reports, has prepared an election campaign system or code that includes the hours and the way by which the parties are to participate in the state channel’s political broadcasts, based on their existing parliamentary power.
Things got really heated when left-wing party Akel proposed, and right-wing party Disy seconded, a reduction in the hours CyBC intended to give to smaller parties.
The state broadcaster has announced a total of 24 political programmes, with the two major parties, namely Disy and Akel participating in 17 of them, Diko in 12, Edek in 10 and smaller parties in 7.
Akel and Disy claimed that the smaller parties are getting more airtime than their parliamentary power justifies, and asked that it is reduced, a motion that was met with the vehement reaction of the smaller parties which accused Akel and Disy of showing total disrespect for pluralism and of blatantly attempting to stifle their voice.
The issue remains unresolved, and will be taken up by CyBC’s board of directors on Tuesday.