Parliament candidates enter electoral silence Sunday noon
Egyptian Parliament - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The electoral silence period for the runoffs of the second and final phase of Egypt’s parliamentary elections is to start Sunday at noon while the voting for Egyptians abroad is scheduled to take place Nov. 30-Dec.1.

Voting for Egyptians living within the country will take place Dec. 1-2 while results will be announced Dec. 3. Appeals against results are to be filed by unsuccessful candidates Dec.3 with a final say on Dec. 3, Marwan announced late August.

Spokesperson of the High Elections Committee (HEC) Omar Marwan said the committee “will take strict measures including the exclusion of candidates violating the rules,” Youm7 reported.

According to the House of Representatives Law passed in August; for any violation of electoral silence, a candidate must pay a fine ranging from 10,000 EGP ($1,500) to 100,000 EGP. Candidates breaching the electoral silence could be also excluded from the parliament election race at the discretion of the HEC, the only body regulating the elections’ affairs.

The parliament elections second phase took place Nov. 12-23 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.

Only nine out of the 222 individual-system seats contested in the second phase were secured from the first round. The nine candidates were able to reach the 50 percent plus one majority vote in their constituencies required to win the seats.

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.

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