9.8K Egyptian expats vote in 1st day of 2nd phase’s parliamentary run-off
Egyptian man casts his ballot during the 2 nd phase of parliament elections

CAIRO:  An estimated 9,870 Egyptian expatiates voted Monday the first day of the run-off of the second phase in the 2015 parliamentary elections at 139 embassies and consulates worldwide, Foreign Minister Aide Hamdy Louza announced Monday evening.

“I hope that the turnout of voters could reach the same percentage of the first round,” he told The Parliament talk show on ON T.V. channel. As many as 20,000 Egyptian expatriates participated in the run-off votes of the first phase of parliamentary elections that were held in late October.

In the second round, which started abroad Nov.21, more than 38,000 Egyptians cast their votes, according to High Elections Commission (HEC) spokesperson Omar Marwan.

There are over 680,000 expatriates eligible to vote in the ballot while the number of Egyptians living abroad is estimated at eight million, according to Egypt State Information Service (SIS.)

As the parliament is consisted of individual and list seats, the run-off phase will witness 422 candidates contesting 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, 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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