Second round of polling starts today


The second round of voting in the Egyptian general election takes place today and tomorrow with polling closing at 7 p.m. local time.

Around 18.7 million people will be voting to fill 180 seats in the lower house or People’s Assembly. There are 3,387 candidates standing.

This second round of the election covers the next nine provinces which include, Aswan, Beheira, Beni Suef, Giza, Ismailia, Monufia, Sharqiya, Sohag and Suez and. The run-off vote will be held on Dec. 21.

In the first round the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) picked up 36.6% of the vote with the Salafist al-Nour picking up 24.4%. The round should see the two Islamist parties doing even better as the elections head into poorer provinces where the Islamists are traditionally strong.

The youth and secular movements that started the revolution earlier this year did poorly in the first round. This has been put down to many young people boycotting the first round, poor organisation and a lack of a coherent set of policies as well as too much fragmentation.

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