CAIRO: The final results of the second round of the 2015 parliament elections will be announced Friday, Spokesperson for the High Elections Committee Omar Marwan stated in a Wednesday news conference.
According to Marwan, a total of 17,500 Egyptian expatriates voted during the run-off phase of the round, which was held on Nov.21-22 at 136 embassies and consulates abroad.
He added that the a vote count is ongoing, and that the number of votes by Egyptians living in Egypt will be added to the available figures from expats’ voting, and will then be declared on Friday.
On Wednesday, HEC received 56 complaints reporting bribery attempts inside polling stations, but “the complaints do not carry details,” Marwan said. He urged any person who has video clips documenting bribery incidents to submit them to the HEC in order to be considered among other violations, adding that posting evident videos on social media is not enough.
He also noted that elections will be conducted again in four constituencies on Dec.5, 6 and 7 per judicial rulings after complaints reporting violations, like: ballot forms including names of excluded and dead candidates, which affected the results of the rest of the candidates running in the four areas.
Wednesday was the last of two-day run-offs in 13 governorates across Egypt.
As the parliament is consisted of individual and list seats, the run-off phase witnessed 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.
Among the announced results, the controversial TV Presenter and owner of private channel El-Faraeen Tawfiq Okasha won a seat after 94,354 voted for him in Talkha constituency in Dakahlia governorate, northeast of Cairo.
In the same governorate, the results showed that Zamalek club’s President Mortada Mansour gained 82,422 votes in his home town Bandar Meet Ghamr.
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.
Additional reporting by Ibrahim Kassim and Hoda Abu Bakr