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24 polling stations open late on second day of Egypt parliamentary elections: HEC

Twenty-four polling stations in various governorates opened late on Monday, as voters in 13 governorates cast their ballots on the final day of the Egyptian parliamentary election's second stage

Ahram Online , Monday 23 Nov 2015
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Twenty-four polling stations in various governorates opened late on Monday as voters in 13 Egyptian governorates cast their ballots on the final day of the parliamentary election's second leg.

Five judges have been excused from their supervising duties and replaced with others due to fatigue, the High Election Commission Spokesman Omar Marwan announced in a televised press conference.

In Sharqiya governorate, a dispute between a number of supervising judges in Balbees city was quickly contained, Marwan added. Polling stations will close at 9 pm.

Run-offs will take place on 1and 2 December.

The first day of voting reportedly went smoothly, with the turnout fluctuating depending on polling stations.

The first phase of the elections, held in 14 provinces on 18 and 19 October, witnessed a turnout of 26.5 percent.

The new legislature will be comprised of 596 seats: 448 elected as individuals and 120 through winner-takes-all lists. The remaining 5 percent of the parliament will be appointed by the president.

Egypt has been without a parliament since the 2011 chamber, dominated by Islamists, was dissolved by a court ruling in June 2012.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi holds legislative power in the absence of a parliament.

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