Egypt votes in final round of parliamentary elections

Arab World Materials 3 January 2012 11:10 (UTC +04:00)

Polling stations in Egypt opened on Tuesday in the third and final round of voting in the parliamentary elections, where Islamists are set to dominate the new assembly, dpa reported.

The election of the lower house is the first since the ouster of former president Hosny Mubarak in February.

About 14 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots in nine of the 27 provinces, where 2,666 candidates are contesting 150 seats, according to government figures.

Two-thirds of parliament's 498 seats have been allocated to party lists, with the remainder earmarked for individuals.

Voting is to take place over two days, with polling stations scheduled to close at 7 pm (1700 GMT).

Islamist parties, all of which were officially licensed after Mubarak's exit, made notable gains in the first two rounds.