Cabinet grants public servants Wednesday half-day off to vote amid low turnout
Egyptians head to polls during 2nd round of Parliamentary elections. YOUM7 archive.

CAIRO: Egyptian government granted Wednesday a half-day off for the public servants nationwide to enable them to vote in the run-off of the second leg of the 2015 parliamentary elections amid low turnout, according to a statement from the Cabinet.

Prime Minister Ismail Sherif called on private sector employers to provide facilities for eligible voters to cast their ballots in the final voting phase, the statement added.

The government previously has granted the public servants a half-day work for all voting phases due to low turnout of voters. The second round, conducted on Nov. 22 and 23, saw 29.8 percent turnout, while first phase saw 15 percent.

Over the two-day voting, the polling stations opened at 9:00 a.m. (Cairo time) for more than 28 million eligible voters in 13 governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai. The voting process is scheduled to end at 9:00 p.m. (Cairo time.)

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 said.

Egypt’s parliament was consists of two houses: Shura Council (upper house) and Peoples’ Assembly (the lower house); however, Shura Council cancelled and the Peoples’ Assembly was named the House of Representatives in 2014.

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