CAIRO: A total of 27 million Egyptians are eligible to cast their votes in the first phase of the parliament elections that due to be convened Oct. 17, announced the High Elections Commission (HEC) chairperson Omar Marwan Saturday.
The eligible voters will visit 103 polling stations nationwide Oct. 18 and 19, he added, noting that the HEC chairperson Ayman Abbas decided to send the Egyptian embassies abroad all permits required for the election monitoring in the first phase, scheduled to be held Oct. 17 and 18 for the expatriates.
A total of 136 Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world will be hosting the expats’ voting process, Marwan previously announced.
The first round will be for the voters who were born in the 14 governorates of Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assyut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena , Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira, and Marsa Matrouh.
In the first phase, some 2,573 independent candidates, including 112 women, will be competing for 226 seats, while six party lists will be competing for 60 seats, for a total of 286.
The expats in the second phase will cast their votes Nov. 21 and 22, while domestic Egyptians will vote Nov. 22 and 23. The second phase includes the governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, al-Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.
Run-off elections of the first phase will be carried out Oct. 26 and 27 for expats and Oct. 27 and 28 inside Egypt. Meanwhile, run-offs in the second round will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 for expats, and Dec. 1 and 2 in Egypt.