CAIRO: The run-off phase of the second round of the parliament elections resumes Wednesday in 13 governorates across Egypt.
The phase began Monday for Egyptian expatriates, at around 9,870 voted at 139 embassies abroad, according to the Foreign Minister Aide Hamdy Louza in Monday press statements. More than 680,000 expatriates are 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.)
On Tuesday, the run-off phase kicked off for Egyptians living in Egypt. The phase has witnessed tightened security measures to secure polling stations, especially to judges overseeing the elections in the troubled North Sinai Peninsula where two judges were killed among seven others attacked by militants in November.
The Heliopolis Model School for Girls in Cairo also witnessed heavy security procedures as it is expected to receive President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Wednesday to cast his vote in the elections. The school is known for hosting heads of the state voting in Egyptian elections since late President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
Around 7.4 million people are eligible to vote in Cairo at 2854 sub-polling stations.
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.