CAIRO: The turnout of voting in the first phase of Egypt’s parliamentary election reached 30 percent, according to a poll carried out by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera.)
“The poll randomly covered polling stations in the 14 governorates in Upper Egypt and the West Delta that voted in the first phase,” Baseera Director Maged Othman was quoted by Youm7 Tuesday.
Several international and local media outlets announced that the turnout during the two-day elections appeared weak.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said Monday that the turnout on the first day of the elections (Sunday) had been just 15-16 percent.
Ismail expected the turnout to be higher on Monday after the government announced the day a half-day off for public sector employees so that they can cast their ballots.