CAIRO: The average voters’ turnout rate in the first and second phases of Egypt’s parliament elections stood at 28.3 percent, the High Elections Committee (HEC) head Ayman Abbas announced in a press conference Friday.
“The highest number of votes in both phases was recorded in South Sinai governorate where 41.6 percent registered voters cast their ballots while the lowest was in Suez where only 18.1 percent of eligible voters turned up,” said Abbas.
A total of 15,206,010 voters out of 53,786,762 eligible voters have cast their ballots in the two phases carried out in October and November in Egypt’s 27 governorates, Abbas said, adding that 13 candidates are sill racing in four constituencies where the elections were postponed as per court rulings.
“The overall turnout of the second phase run-offs stood at 22.3 percent, after 6,253,987 voters headed to the polls out of 28,014,404 eligible voters,” Abbas said, adding that the number of valid votes reached 6,056,198 votes representing 96.8 percent of all votes.
The “For The Love of Egypt” coalition has swept to victory in the winner-takes-all list-based system winning the 45 seats allocated for the Cairo, South and Middle Delta constituency and the 15 seats allocated for the East Delta constituency, he added.
Being the only party list contesting for the 15 seats of Nile East Delta constituency, the “For the Love of Egypt” list has almost won the election in the said constituency as it has to secure 5 percent of the vote.
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.