Independents, For the Love of Egypt dominate elections runoff

The High Elections Council released the official results for the runoffs of the first stage of parliamentary elections on Saturday, revealing that independents and candidates from the For the Love of Egypt list won the majority of seats.

A total of 273 candidates won seats in the first round, 60 of which were list seats and 213 were individual seats.

The For the Love of Egypt list won seats in both the West Delta and Upper Egypt constituencies, gaining a total of 60 seats in parliament. Independent candidates won the majority of the remaining 213 individual seats, taking 105 overall. The list is known to be a major supporter of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and is widely speculated to receive state support.

However, a number candidates from political parties also took individual seats. Most significantly, candidates from the Free Egyptians Party won 36 seats, the largest number of seats won by any political party in the elections.

The Free Egyptians Party is founded by and dependent on the funding of business tycoon Naguib Sawiris. Out of the 80 candidates from the party that competed, 65 candidates made it to the runoffs and 36 won seats.

The Nation’s Future Party, which is associated with the For the Love of Egypt list, won 21 individual seats.

The party was founded by 24-year old Mohamed Badran, the head of the student union in 2013, and is seen as a largely youthful party. Twelve of the candidates that won individual seats were under 25 years of age.

Eight candidates from the Salafi Nour Party won seats, but the Nour Party still suffered a loss overall. Despite its strong base in Alexandria, out of the 91 candidates running in the first stage in the parliamentary elections, only 24 made it to the runoffs and only eight won seats.

Only five female candidates won individual seats, approximately two percent of the individual seats.

The first stage of the parliamentary elections included 14 governorates: Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, the New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, the Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira and Marsa Matrouh.

The High Elections Committee also recently announced that the turnout in the first stage of the parliamentary elections reached 26 percent and 21 percent in the runoff, which it pointed out is not the lowest of all time.

The second stage of the parliamentary elections is set for November 21-22, with the runoff scheduled for December 1-2. The second stage of elections will include 13 governorates: Cairo, Qalyubia, Daqahlia, Damietta, Monufiya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Kafr al-Sheikh, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez, and North and South Sinai. 

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