General election turnout back to Mubarak era levels
Egypt’s High Elections Committee (HEC) has announced the turnout for the country’s six week long general election and it looks like a return to Mubarak era voting.
The elections, which took place in two phases between 17th October and 2nd December, recorded a 28.3% turnout or 15,206,010 of a possible 53,786,762 voters. That compares with the November 2011/January 2012 elections, which followed the Tahrir Square uprising in 2011, when the turnout was 62.04%. In 2010, the last elections under President Mubarak, the turnout was 27.47% with a number of parties boycotting the process.
In 2012 there was a period of optimism after President Hosni Mubarak had been ousted and a feeling that democracy had finally arrived in Egypt. But on 14th June 2012 the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt ruled that the election was unconstitutional. The military took over in a coup d’etat on 3rd July 2013 led by army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and in May 2014 Sisi was elected President of Egypt; turnout in that election was 47.5%.
In the 2010 general election Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) won 420 of the 508 seats in the People’s Assembly of Egypt. In 2015 the party list most closely associated with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, For the Love of Egypt, has taken all 120 seats allocated to party lists. A further 448 seats are elected as independents, but most of those independents support the president and the remaining 28 seats are filled through presidential appointments. The House of Representatives is comprised on 596 members.