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Egyptians vote in first round of parliamentary election run-off

Arab World Materials 5 December 2011 11:42 (UTC +04:00)
Polling stations opened in nine of Egypt's 27 provinces on Monday for the run-off of the first round of the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of president Hosny Mubarak in February.
Egyptians vote in first round of parliamentary election run-off

Polling stations opened in nine of Egypt's 27 provinces on Monday for the run-off of the first round of the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of president Hosny Mubarak in February.

Few people were heading towards the polling stations early Monday, unlike last week when long queues were seen before the polls opened, and the High Elections Commission said turnout reached 62 per cent, DPA reported.

Only four out of 56 seats were won outright in the first round.

There are 104 candidates contesting the run-off for the remaining 52 seats, which is to run for two days. Egyptians are to choose between the two candidates for each seat who got the highest number of votes in the first round.

Two-thirds of the parliament's 498 seats are to go to party lists, while the remaining third are earmarked for individual candidates.

Preliminary results of lists showed that Islamist groups dominated the first round of voting for the lower house of parliament.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party was in the lead, followed by the ultra-conservative Salafist Al-Nour. The liberal alliance, The Egyptian Bloc, was trailing in third place.

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