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Campaign silence begins ahead of second phase in Egypt's parliament polls

Ahram Online , Friday 20 Nov 2015
Egyptian parliamentary elections
An Egyptian woman casts her vote during the first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections, at a polling station in Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 (AP)
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The campaign silence for the second stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections began on Friday and will last for 24 hours, with voting kicking off at Egyptian embassies abroad on Saturday and at domestic polls on Sunday.

The silence process mandates that all forms of electoral campaigning stop, including field work and media appearances by candidates.

The second phase of voting in the long-delayed polls includes 13 of Egypt's 27 governorates: Cairo, Qalioubiya, Daqahliya, Menoufiya, Gharbiya, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqiya, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.

Voters abroad can vote at Egyptian missions on Saturday and Sunday, while local voters will go to the polls on Sunday and Monday.

A total of 282 seats will be up for competition in the stage, with 222 seats up for grabs by individuals and 60 seats allocated to party-based lists.

The 222 individual MPs will be elected from 102 constituencies, while the 60 party-based MPs will come from two large constituencies; the Cairo, South and Middle Delta constituency, which includes six governorates, will elect 45 MPs while the East Delta constituency, including seven governorates, will elect 15 MPs.

The results of the stage will be announced on 24 November, while the run-off round will start abroad on 30 November-1 December, and for resident Egyptians on 1-2 December.

The High Elections Committee will announce the final results on 4 December.

According to the HEC, the turnout in the first stage reached 21.7 percent, with 7,270,594 out of 27,402,353 registered voters.

The highest turnout among the 14 governorates in that round was Marsa Matrouh (near the Libyan border) with a turnout of 33.45 percent, while the lowest was Alexandria with a turnout of 14.83 percent.

The "For the Love of Egypt" electoral list won the party-based list seats in the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections, while the other 213 individual candidates there are 108 who are party-affiliated and the rest are independent candidates.

The Free Egyptians Party, founded by billionaire businessman Naguib Sawiris following the 2011 revolution, is the party that has won the biggest number of seats so far, at 41 seats.

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