Cypriot presidential election, 1959

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Presidential elections were held in Cyprus for the first time on 13 December 1959.[1] Only two candidates contested the election; Makarios III, who was backed by EOKA and John Clerides, a member of the Democratic Union,[2] who was also supported by AKEL.[3] The result was a victory for Makarios III, who won 66.8% of the vote, although he did not take office until 16 August 1960.[4] Voter turnout was 91.2%.[3]

Fazıl Küçük was the only candidate for Vice-President, and was elected unopposed.[2]


Candidate Votes %
Makarios III 144,501 66.8
John Clerides 71,753 33.2
Invalid/blank votes 1,702
Total 217,956 100
Registered voters/turnout 238,879 91.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p438 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Marshall William Conley (1967) Political Community and Social Conflict: Cyprus
  3. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p445
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p430