CAIRO: The runoff of Egypt’s parliament elections, held Tuesday and Wednesday in 14 governorates, saw turnout of only 21.7 percent down from 26.56 percent in round one, the High Elections Committee (HEC) head Ayman Abbas said in a news conference Friday.
As many as 5,554,678 out of 25,582,518 Egyptian eligible voters cast their ballots in 99 constituencies across the country, Abbas said, adding that candidates of the “For the Love of Egypt” electoral list won all 60 seats designated for the winner-take-all party lists system.
“The highest number of votes was recorded in the Mediterranean governorate of Marsa Matrouh where 33.45 percent registered voters cast their ballots while the lowest was in Alexandria where only 14.83 percent of eligible voters turned up,” he added.
As many as 19,835 Egyptian expatriates participated in the run-off votes of the first phase of parliamentary elections, Abbas said in a news conference Thursday.
According to Egypt State Information Service (SIS,) there are more than 680,000 expatriates eligible to vote in the ballot; this brings the turnout rate to 2.9 percent. The number of Egyptians living abroad is estimated at 8 million.