CAIRO: A total of 160,000 military personnel will secure the second round of the 2015 parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday and Monday domestically, said spokesperson of the Armed Forces Mohamed Samir in a statement Friday.
The personnel deployed to “help police in securing the second phase of parliamentary elections and to provide a safe environment for more than 28,204,000 voters to cast their ballots in 102 constituencies, 5,622 polling stations and 13,858 subcommittees in 13 governorates,” Samir said.
Air Force will carry out aerial surveillance to follow the electoral process and to “transfer a live picture to the main operation room of the armed forces and sub-centers in the governorates,” he added.
The army reserve, rapid deployment forces (RDF), military commandos, paratroopers, and the military police forces have been deployed to “counter any hostile acts affecting the electoral process,” Samir continued, adding that security patrols will be in the main roads.
All hospitals and medical centers, affiliated with the Armed Forces are on alert during the elections; meanwhile, a number of military forces, in cooperation with the police, has been instructed to secure public utilities.
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. Egyptian expatriates’ two-day voting kicked off Saturday.
A total of 222 independent parliamentary seats will be available in the second phase, with 2,847 candidates competing in the 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.
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.