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The electoral campaigning period for candidates running in the first phase of parliament election kicked off - YOUM7
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CAIRO: The electoral campaigning period for candidates running in the first phase of parliament election kicked off Tuesday, and are scheduled to last until Oct. 16.

According to the timetable set by the High Elections Committee; campaign silence begins Oct. 16 at noon, and the voting for Egyptians abroad begins Oct. 17 and 18 while the vote for Egyptians inside Egypt is scheduled for Oct. 18 and 19.

A total of 5,420 candidates and nine lists have been accepted to run in the first phase of parliamentary elections, the High Elections Committee (HEC) announced mid-September.

The campaign spending per candidate is limited to 500,000 EGP ($64,000) with an additional 200,000 EGP for run-offs.

The run-offs for the first phase will take place Oct. 26 and 27 for Egyptian voters abroad and Oct. 27 and 28 for voters inside Egypt.

The first phase elections will take place in 14 governorates including Giza, Alexandria and Asyut.

Egypt’s House of Representatives will comprise of 596 members, with 448 to be elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president, HEC announced in a news conference late August.

Egypt has not had a parliament since June 2012, after the Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly was dissolved per a court order about six months after its election.

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