Parliament candidates enter electoral silence Friday noon
People sit at a coffee shop under election banners for parliamentary candidates in the Imbaba district of Giza, Egypt - REUTERS
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CAIRO: The electoral silence period for the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections is to start Friday at noon while the voting for Egyptians abroad is scheduled to take place on Nov. 21-22.

Spokesperson of the High Elections Committee (HEC) Omar Marwan said the committee “will take strict measures including the exclusion of candidates violating the rules,” Youm7 reported.

According to the House of Representatives Law passed in August, for any violation of electoral silence, a candidate must pay a fine ranging from 10,000 EGP ($1,500) to 100,000 EGP. Candidates breaching the electoral silence could be also excluded from the parliament election race at the discretion of the HEC, the only body regulating the elections’ affairs.

Voting for Egyptians living within the country will take place Nov. 22-23 while results will be announced Nov. 24. Appeals against results are to be filed by unsuccessful candidates Nov. 24-25 with a final say on Nov. 25, Marwan announced late August.

“In case of a run-off, voting overseas will take place between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, while voting in Egypt will take place Dec. 1-2,” he said, adding that the final results will be announced Dec.3, appeals are to be presented Dec. 3-4 with a final say given by the HEC Nov.4.

The second phase will be held in 13 governorates: Cairo, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Port Said, Dakahlia, Gharbia, Kafr el Sheikh, Damietta, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, Sounth Sinai and Sharqia with 27.5 million eligible voters.

A total of 222 independent parliamentary seats will be available in the second phase, with 2,847 candidates competing in 102 constituencies, the High Election Committee (HEC) announced earlier this month.

In addition to the independent candidates, four electoral coalitions; namely the For the Love of Egypt, the Nour Party, the Egyptian Front and Independence Current Alliance, and the Republican Alliance of Social Forces, will contest in the second phase.

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.

The four electoral coalitions will compete for 45 seats in Cairo and Delta constituency and 15 seats in the East Delta constituency.

Results of the first phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections indicated a landslide victory of the For the Love of Egypt’s electoral list, which won 60 seats in Upper Egypt and East Delta constituencies.

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