CAIRO: Initial results of the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections indicate a landslide victory of the “For the Love of Egypt’ electoral list,” according to reports by several media outlets.
Most of the vote tallies aired on Egyptian T.V. channels and were reported by newspapers hours after the end of the elections Monday showed a big gap between votes obtained by the list and the other lists in the race.
Initial results of three constituencies in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Kafr al Sheikh indicated that the list obtained 72,534 votes, followed by Al-Nour Party list with 42,986 votes then the Republican Alliance of Social Forces list with 14,984 and finally Tayyar Al-Istiqlal list with 2,481 votes.
The 2015 electoral system is being held with the winner-takes-all closed list system which means the party that gets a simple majority of votes per constituency takes all the seats in that constituency.
In the second round, the 60 members who will be elected through the winner-takes-all closed list system will come from two large constituencies; the Cairo, South and Middle Delta constituency will elect 45 members while the East Delta constituency will elect the remainder 15 members.
Being the only party list contesting for the 15 seats of Nile East Delta constituency, the “For the Love of Egypt” list has almost won the election in the said constituency as it has to secure 5 percent of the vote.
In the first round of the elections, the list won, also with landslide, the 45 seats allocated for the Giza and Upper Egypt constituency along with the 15 seats of the West Delta constituency.
“For the Love of Egypt” is headed by a former intelligence Major General Sameh Seif al-Yazal and consists of 10 political parties, including the Free Egyptians Party established by businessman Naguib Sawiris.