Polls to open Sunday in four districts for Egypt election re-runs

Ahram Online , Saturday 5 Dec 2015

Initial votes in the four districts were declared void by the courts

An Egyptian casts her vote during the first round of Egyptian parliamentary elections, at a polling station in Alexandria, Egypt, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 (AP)

Voting will take place in four electoral districts in Egypt on Sunday and Monday where the results of the initial voting in the parliamentary elections were deemed void.

The results in four districts in Alexandria, Beheira, and Beni Suef governorates were ruled invalid by Egyptian courts after candidates competing in the polls were found to be ineligible to run.

In Beni Suef, for example, a candidate’s name was added to the voting list despite prior rejection by the High Elections Committee (HEC), while another candidate was omitted despite receiving approval.

Egyptian expatriates who are on the voters list for each of the four districts are able to cast their ballots at Egyptian embassies on Saturday and on Sunday.

The run-offs in the four districts will take place on 14, 15 and 16 December.

The head of the (HEC), Ayman Abbas, said at a press conference on Friday that a total of 13 MPs would be returned by the four districts.

A total of 555 candidates have so far secured their seats in the upcoming parliament.

Egypt's parliament — the House of Representatives — will be comprised of 596 members, including 28 appointed by the president.

The new parliament is expected to hold its first session before the end of this year.

Egypt has been without a legislative body since a court dissolved in June 2012 the 2011 parliament on constitutional grounds.

Since his election in June 2014, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has held legislative power in the absence of a parliament.

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