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Polling stations open in first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections

Ahram Online , Sunday 18 Oct 2015
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Egyptians wait to cast their votes outside a polling station during the Egyptian parliamentary election in Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 (AP)
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Polling stations in 14 Egyptian governorates opened at 9am on Sunday to kick off voting in the last step of Egypt's transitional road map -- the election of a parliament.

Some 27,402,353 voters are registered to take part in the elections' first round on Sunday and Monday.

The first stage will include 14 governorates: Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Beheira, Alexandria and Marsa Matrouh.

According to High Elections Committee (HEC) spokesperson Omar Marawan, voters include 13,257,507 women and 14,144,846 men.

The first round will choose 226 MPs of a total of 596. There are 2,573 electoral candidates for the first round.

The stations are expected to close at 9pm.

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