CAIRO: Egypt’s High Elections Committee (HEC) called on the nation’s 55 million eligible voters to cast their ballots to elect the country’s new House of Representatives over a 47-day voting period, in a Thursday news conference.
The elections will be carried out in two phases; the first round will be conducted March 22 and 23 in 14 governorates, namely, Giza, Fayoum, Beni Sueif, Minya, Asyut, Wadi Gadid, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira, and Matrouh, said the HEC chairperson Ayman Abbas.
Egyptian expatriates who born in the first round governorates will cast their votes on March 21 and 22, Abbas added.
The second round will be held on April 19 and 20 in the governorates of Cairo, Dakahlia, Gharbia, Menofia, al-Sharqia, Kafr Sheikh, Damietta, Port Said, Suez, Ismailia, North Sinai, and South Sinai, Abbas continued.
The second round expats will vote on April 25 and 26, he noted.
The runoff will be conducted on May 5 and 6 for expat voters, while the voters inside Egypt will cast their ballots on May 6 and 7, the committee chairperson said, adding that the number of judges who will supervise the election process reached 16,000 judges.
The committee announced its decision after reviewing the Constitution 2014, Political Rights Law, House of Representatives Law, Election Constituency Law, and the Presidential decree of forming the high Election committee, Abbas clarified.
Before the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Egypt’s Parliament consisted of two houses: the Peoples’ Assembly (the lower house) and the Shura council (the higher house). The name of the parliament changed into the House of Representatives during the drafting of the 2014 Constitution.
Additional reporting by Ibrahim Qassem