2015 parliament elections 2nd phase run off kicks off Tuesday
Egyptians head to polls during 2nd round of Parliamentary elections. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: The run-off vote of the second phase in Egypt’s 2015 Parliamentary elections kicked off Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (Cairo time) in 13 governorates.

More than 28 million people are eligible to cast their votes in governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.

Coincidently, Egyptian expatriates continued Tuesday their voting in the second day of the run-off at 139 embassies and consulates worldwide.

As the parliament is consisted of individual and list seats, the run-off phase will witness 422 candidates contesting for the remaining 213 individual system seats, after the “For The Love of Egypt” coalition swept to the victory in the winner-takes-all list based system winning 45 seats allocated for the round.

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, The High Elections Committee (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 parliamentary elections are the final step in a roadmap set out by then-Minister of Defense Sisi in 2013 when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi from power.

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