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HEC: 29.83% turnout, For the Love of Egypt wins 60 more seats in 2nd elections round

On Wednesday night, the High Elections Committee (HEC) announced a combined voter turnout rate of 29.83 percent for the first round of the second phase of parliamentary elections, which took place across 13 of Egypt’s 27 governorates.

This figure represents a slight increase in participation, as the HEC had announced last month that (both rounds of) the first phase of parliamentary elections witnessed a low voter turnout rate of just 26.56 percent in 14 governorates

Speaking at a televised press conference on Wednesday night, the HEC chief Judge Ayman Abbas announced that from 28,204,225 voters eligible to partake in this phase of elections, 8,412,011 people cast their votes.

From this 29.83 percent participation, 6.8 percent of ballots cast were deemed to be invalid, while 93.20 percent were valid votes.

The governorates with the highest turnouts were South Sinai with 41.6 percent, Kafr al-Sheikh with 36.82 percent, and Daqahliya with 36 percent. Suez had the lowest turnout with 18.1 percent, followed by Cairo at 19.96 percent and Port Said with a 24.12 percent turnout.

According to Abbass, only two lists – both of which belong to the For the Love of Egypt lists – succeeded in winning the list system in the Cairo and South, Central and East Delta constituencies. This translates into For the Love of Egypt gaining another 60 seats.

This list, which is commonly described as being pro-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his administration, was also the frontrunner in the first phase of elections last month.

Judge Abbas explained that only nine candidates running as individuals had succeeded to secure seats for themselves in the upcoming parliament from a total of 2,894 candidates.

Scheduled for next week, runoffs for individual candidates will now be held in 99 electoral circuits, out of a total of 102 circuits in this second phase.

Runoff elections are scheduled from November 30 to December 1 for expatriate voters, and from December 1-2 for domestic voters.

According to Abbas’ breakdown: 73,141 Egyptian voters abroad (from well over 600,000) took part in the first round of the second phase of these elections, also a slight increase from last month’s expat vote.

Abbas added that of these expat voters, 59.5 percent were males, while 40.5 percent of the turnout were women.

In terms of age groups for these expat voters, the highest participation took place amongst those between the ages of 31 and 40.

Abbas went on to detail that the country with the highest turnout rate for expat voters was Saudi Arabia, with nearly 30.4 percent of those who voted, followed by Kuwait with 18.3 percent, and the UAE with 12.3 percent.

Not a single ballot was cast at Egypt’s embassies and diplomatic missions in Panama, Serbia, Benin, Mozambique, and Liberia .

The highest turnout rate for circuits – according to expat votes – were those of  Nasr City and al-Nozha in Cairo, and Borolos in Kafr al-Sheikh.

The thirteen governorates in which the second phase of elections are taking place are: Cairo, Qalyubiya, Daqahliya, Damietta, Monifiya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Kafr al-Sheikh, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez, along with both North and South Sinai.

According to HEC, the 102 electoral circuits in this second phase of elections are conducted in 12,496 polling stations, under complete judicial supervision.

In this second phase a total of 2,894 parliamentary candidates are competing for 222 seats in the upcoming parliament – from a total of 596 seats.

From these 596 seats, 448 seats are to be elected as individual candidates, while another 120 are to be elected by winners-take all lists. Another 28 parliamentarians are to be appointed by Sisi.

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