141 irregularities of parliamentary voting reported as of 2:00 p.m.: HEC
Egyptians head to polls during 2nd round of Parliamentary elections

CAIRO: A total of 141 irregularities have been reported since the beginning of electoral process of the second phase for the 2015 parliamentary elections as of 2:00 p.m. (Cairo time), announced High Election Committee (HEC) Omar Marwan in a press conference Sunday.

A campaigner was arrested over photo copying ballot cards, another was detained over collected voters’ IDs to purchase their votes, he said, adding that those people were released on 1,000 EGP bail (around $127). Marwan noted a total of 93 polling stations opened late.

State-owned National Council for Human Rights documented other cases of irregularities of errors in electoral lists, electioneering outside polls, and directing the voters to ballot for certain candidates, the council said in a statement Sunday.

The second phase of parliamentary elections kicked off Sunday in Egypt, after expats began their voting Saturday in embassies and consulates abroad.

Those voting in the second phase are those registered in the governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.

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

A total of 256 complaints of irregularities in the first day of the first round of the parliamentary voting were reported amid a 15% turnout on Oct. 18 domestically.

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