Egypt runoffs saw 21 percent turnout in half of provinces

By October 30, 2015 November 5th, 2015 Uncategorized

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s election authority said Friday that the turnout in election runoffs held in half of the country’s provinces earlier this week was just under 22 percent.

Almost half of the parliament’s 596 seats were up for grabs in first round, which took place in 14 provinces, including Cairo’s twin city of Giza and the port city of Alexandria.

The High Elections Committee said that the “For the Love of Egypt” pro-government candidates won all 60 seats designated for lists.

Voting in the remaining 13 provinces will be held next month. Parliament is to hold its inaugural session in December.

The election’s first round earlier this month in the 14 provinces had a turnout of 26.56 percent — about half of the turnout in the last parliamentary election held in late 2011 and early 2012, which produced a chamber dominated by Islamists.

The next Egyptian parliament, widely expected to be subservient to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, will be the first since the Islamist- dominated chamber was dissolved in 2012 by a court ruling.

Egypt has been ruled by decree since then.

These also the first parliamentary election since el-Sissi, as military chief, led the 2013 overthrow of Egypt’s first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, following mass street protests against his rule.