CAIRO: Initial results of the first phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections indicate a landslide victory of the “For the Love of Egypt’ electoral list,” according to reports by several media outlets.
Most of the vote counting results aired on Egyptian T.V. channels hours after the end of the elections Monday showed a big gap between votes obtained by the list and the other three lists contesting.
In the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada, the list obtained 21,890 votes followed by Nedaa Misr electoral list with 8,777 votes, then the Egyptian Front Coalition and Tayyar Al-Istiqlal list with 7,715 and finally the Al-Shawa Al-Wataneya Al-Mostaqila electoral list with 2,138 votes.
“For the Love of Egypt” is headed by a former intelligence Major General Sameh Seif al-Yazal and consists of 10 political parties, including the Free Egyptians Party established by businessman Naguib Sawiris.
It contested the first phase of the elections with two lists; one for the Upper Egypt constituencies covering 11 governorates and representing 45 seats while the other is for West Delta constituencies covering three governorates and representing 15 seats.
The 2015 electoral system is being held with the winner-takes-all closed list system which means the party that gets more than 50 percent of votes per constituency takes all the seats in that constituency.