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Polls in 13 Egyptian governorates open for 2nd day of parliamentary run-offs

Polls opened at 9 AM local time on Monday

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Nov 2020
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People wait in line to cast their votes at a school used as a polling station during the second round of Egypt's parliamentary election in Cairo, Egypt, November 7, 2020 (Reuters)

Polls in 13 Egyptian governorates opened at 9 AM local time on Monday, marking the beginning of the second and final day of voting in the run-off for the first stage of the country's parliamentary elections at home.

The National Election Authority (NEA), the state’s authority in charge of supervising elections, said the voting process on the first day went smoothly.

Judges and members of the public prosecution supervised the polling stations to ensure all standards of transparency, integrity, and adherence to relevant laws are applied, the NEA added.

The operations chamber of the Egyptian Judges’ Club said it did not receive any complaints from judges or the prosecution staff overseeing the vote on the first day.

All polling stations opened on time, the NEA said, adding that it did not spot any obstacles facing citizens while casting their ballots.

Voting for Egyptian expats in 124 countries also concluded on Monday at 9 PM according to the local time in each country.

No official data was released on the first day’s turnout, however the turnout in the first round of this stage, conducted between 21 and 25 October, was 28.06 percent.

The governorates taking part in this stage’s run-off elections are Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, El-Wadi El-Gedid, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, Alexandria, Beheira, and Matrouh.

A total of 220 candidates are competing for 110 seats in these governorates.

Seats for the Red Sea governorate were decided in the first round of voting.

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