Third and final phase begins for lower house


The third and final phase of elections for the lower house or People’s Assembly started today (and continues tomorrow) as polling stations opened at 8 a.m. local time.

Around 14 million Egyptians will vote in the final nine provinces or governorates. The nine provinces include some of the poorest areas of Egypt, some large Christian areas and the Sinai area which abuts with Israel. They are Dakahlia, Gharbia, Matruh, Minya, New Valley, North Sinai, Qalyubia, Qena, South Sinai.

There are 2746 candidates standing for 150 seats of which 100 are party list seats and 50 are individual seats. This final phase will conclude the elections for the 498 seat People’s Assembly with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) likely to emerge as the largest party and the hard line Salafist party Al-Nour in second place.

In the first two rounds saw turnout at around 62%. The run-off vote for this round will be held on Jan. 10 with elections for the Shura or upper house starting on 29th January and the presidential election still expected to take place in June.

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