CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail decided Sunday to give public servants a half-day work Monday to enable them to cast their votes in the second round of the parliamentary elections, according to a statement from the Cabinet.
Ismail called on private sector employers to provide facilities for the eligible voters to cast their ballots, the statement added. The decision came amid low turnout in the first day of the elections.
The government also granted on Oct. 19 the public workers a half-day off in the first round; the elections saw low turnout of around 15 percent.
The polling stations opened at 9:00 a.m. (Cairo time) for more than 28 million eligible voters in 13 governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai. The voting process is scheduled to end at 9:00 p.m. (Cairo time.)
Egypt’s House of Representatives will comprise of 596 members, with 448 to be elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president, HEC said.
Egypt’s parliament was consists of two houses: Shura Council (upper house) and Peoples’ Assembly (the lower house); however, Shura Council cancelled and the Peoples’ Assembly was named the House of Representatives in 2014.