Campaign silence begins ahead of Egypt's parliamentary elections
Ahram Online, , Friday 16 Oct 2015
First stage of parliamentary polls will begin on Saturday for expats and Sunday for domestic voters

A period of campaign silence began across Egypt on Friday, with Egyptians abroad due to cast their votes in the parliamentary polls at embassies on Saturday and domestic polls to open Sunday.

Voters abroad will be able to cast their votes at Egyptian embassies and consulates around the world on Saturday and Sunday, while voters in 14 of the country's 27 governorates will go to the polls on Sunday and Monday.

During the campaign silence, no candidates or lists are allowed to promote their parliamentary bid.

In the first stage of the elections, a total of 286 seats will be up for competition; with 226 seats for independent candidates and 60 seats for party-based lists.

The second stage of the parliamentary elections, when voters from the remaining 13 governorates will cast their votes, will take place from 21-22 November abroad, and 22-23 November domestically.

Egypt's parliament – the House of Representatives – ‎will be comprised of 596 members, 448 elected as independents ‎and 120 from party-based lists. The remaining 28 seats ‎will be filled by presidential appointees.

Egypt has around ‎‎55 million registered voters.‎

The country has been without a parliament since the previous legislature, elected in late 2011, was dissolved in June 2012, after a court ruled existing electoral laws to be unconstitutional.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi currently holds legislative powers.

Once a parliament is elected, its members will have to vote on all laws issued by El-Sisi and his predecessor, interim president Adly Mansour.