150 complaints on bribes, using places of worship during elections filed to HEC
Egyptians head to polls during 2nd round of Parliamentary elections

CAIRO: Over 150 complaints on using cash and places of worship to influence voters have been reported to the High Elections Committee by a joint local and international delegation that monitored the parliamentary elections, Youm7 reported Friday.

Bribes and promoting a candidate at a mosque or a church during elections are banned in Egypt.

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.

The relatively low turnout of voters in the elections raised controversy in the country.

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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