Turnout at 30% in parliament election 2nd phase: HEC
People are waiting to cast their ballot in the 2nd round of parliament election. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: Voters’ turnout rate of the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections stood at 29.83 percent, the High Election Committee (HEC) spokesperson Omar Marawan said in a press conference Wednesday.

Constituencies of Cairo saw lowest turnout with the participation of almost 20 percent of eligible voters, while South Sinai constituencies saw the highest turnout with 41 percent of voters taking part in the election, according to Marawan.

“Some 2,893 candidates contested over 222 individual seats and 60 seats for party-based lists in the second stage of the polls,” Marawan said, noting that only nine individual candidates successfully secured their seats and the others will go on for the coming runoffs scheduled for next week.

Voters’ turnout in the second phase is higher than that of the first phase, which stood at 26.56 percent.

The second phase was 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.

The “For The Love of Egypt” coalition 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, he added.

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.



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