Second round run-offs begin in Egypt elections

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Dec 2011

As well as individual candidacy run-offs, three constituencies will vote for electoral lists after irregularities forced a postponement last week

Elections second round
Man casts his vote in elections second round December 14 2011(Photo: Mai Shaheen)

The run-off stage in the second round of the Egyptian parliamentary elections opened early Wednesday morning. Constituencies in which the first stage of voting did not return a majority for one of the candidates will pit the leading two against each other for a seat in parliament.

The run-off stage sees 118 candidates contesting 58 seats.

Voting for electoral party lists is also taking place in three constituencies across Menoufiya, Sohag and Beheira. A court ruling last week ruled that elections be postponed in the constituencies after names were missing from ballot papers.

The nine governorates holding run-offs feature 47 candidates from the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), 36 from the Salafist Nour Party, three from the Egyptian Bloc, one Wafd Party candidate and 10 independents.


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