Egypt: Polling Centres Open and Voting Start in the First Round of the Final Phase of Parliamentary Elections

Aswat Masriya (London)

3 January 2012

Polling centres were opened this morning. Voters can cast their ballots today and tomorrow from eight o’clock in the morning until seven o’clock in the evening in the first round of the third and final phase of parliamentary elections.

In this phase elections are held in nine governorates, namely Dakahliya, Minya, Qaliubiya, Gharbiya, Qena, New Valley, Matrouh, North Sinai and South Sinai.

Two thousand seven hundred and fifty four candidates are competing over one hundred and fifty seats. Among them one thousand two hundred and thirteen candidates are competing over one hundred seats of parties’ lists and one thousand five hundred and forty one candidates are competing over fifty individual seats.

Elections are held under full judicial supervision with twelve thousand judges and members of judicial bodies. Various Egyptian, Arab and international civil society organizations are monitoring the electoral process, according to the Middle East News Agency (MENA).

Fourteen million thirty nine thousand and three hundred people are eligible to vote. They are distrusted over eight thousand four hundred and seventeen electoral headquarters and will cast their ballots in fifteen thousand one hundred and seventy nine sub-polling centres.

The run-off will take place on 10 and 11 January.

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