CAIRO: Only nine out of the 222 individual-system seats contested in the first phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections were secured in the second round, The High Election Committee (HEC) spokesperson Omar Marawan said in a press conference Wednesday.
The nine candidates were able to reach the 50 percent plus one majority vote in their constituencies required to win the seats. One of the now-parliament members elect is renowned director Khaled Youssef who obtained over 71,000 votes in Kafr Shokr constituency.
A total of 422 candidates, contesting for the remaining 213 individual-system seats, have qualified to the runoff election scheduled for next week in 99 constituencies.
The “For The Love of Egypt” coalition, which includes 10 parties and many public figures, has swept to victory in the winner-takes-all list-based system winning the 45 seats allocated for the Cairo, South and Middle Delta constituency and the 15 seats allocated for the East Delta constituency.
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.
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 announced in a news conference late August.
Egypt has not had a parliament since June 2012, after the Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly was dissolved per a court order about six months after its election.