Egypt Shura Council election results expected Wednesday evening

Ahram Online, Wednesday 1 Feb 2012

Islamists likely to dominate in first round of vote for upper house of parliament that saw low turnout of around 10 per cent

Ballot boxes being transferred to polls in Egypt's first post-Mubarak parliament election. (photo:AP)

 The head of Egypt's High Elections Commission, Abdel-Moez Ibrahim, will declare the results of voting in the first round of Shura Council (upper house of parliament) elections on Wednesday evening.

The vote took place on Sunday and Monday in the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria, Gharbiya, Daqahaliya, Menoufiya, Damietta, North Sinai, South Sinai, Fayoum, Assiut, Qena, the Red Sea and New Valley (Al-Wadi Al-Gedid).

Around 25 million Egyptians were eligible to vote, choosing from among 90 candidates. However, monitoring estimates suggest turnout was around 10 per cent, much lower than the over 60 per cent turnout in the People's Assembly elections.

The main contestants in the Shura Council elections are the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, the Salafist Nour Party, and the liberal Wafd Party.

Run-off voting in round one will take place on 7 February - held when no candidate won more than 50 per cent of votes in the first poll.

Round two of the election will begin on 14 February.

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