43% decrease in youth voter turnout in parliament election 2nd phase: poll
People are waiting to cast their ballot in the 2nd round of parliament election. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: The turnout among Egyptian youth aged 18-30 years old in the second phase of parliamentary elections decreased by 43 percent compared to the first phase, according to a survey carried out by the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera.)

“Twenty one percent of young people, ages 18-30, cast ballots in the second phase of the parliament election, down from 37 percent in the first phase,” Baseera Director Maged Othman was quoted by Youm7 Thursday.

Youth aged 18-30 account for 34 percent of registered voters in the second phase, said Othman.

“Over 50 percent of the voters cast their ballots in the second phase were above the age of 50,” he added.

According to the poll, the second phase of the parliament elections showed an increase in the number of voters who hold a university degree and higher, standing at 25 percent compared to 16 percent in the first phase.

Voters’ turnout rate of the second phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections stood at 29.83 percent, compared to 26.56 percent in the first phase, the High Election Committee (HEC) spokesperson Omar Marawan said in a press conference Wednesday.

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.

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