The High Elections Committee announced on Tuesday that 2573 independent candidates and four party-based lists will be running for the first stage of the Egyptian parliamentary elections that start on 17 October.
The 2573 candidates will contest 226 seats in the first stage, and the four lists will be competing for over 60 seats bringing the total to 286 seats available during the first phase of the elections.
Independents candidates will be elected from 103 constituencies, and the 60 party-based candidates will come from two constituencies, Upper Egypt and West Delta.
The HEC has already announced that campaigning for the first stage of the polls will be allowed between 29 September and 15 October, followed by a silent day on 16 October. The voting for Egyptians abroad will be on 17-18 October and for Egyptians at home on 18-19 October.
The House of Representatives will be composed of 596 MPs, the highest number in Egypt's 150-year parliamentary history. Out of the total, 448 will be elected as independents, 120 as party-based deputies, and 28 will be appointed by the president.