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Monday, 2 November 2020

Pro-gov’t National List of Egypt sweeps first round of parliamentary election

The pro-government National List of Egypt dominated the opening round of the parliamentary election, picking up all 142 seats allocated to party lists, head of the National Elections Authority Lasheen Ibrahim said at a press conference yesterday. Individual candidates picked up 32 seats and 18 districts, including 12 districts in Giza, three in the Red Sea, two in Alexandria, and one in Fayoum. The first round of the election saw voters in 14 governorates — including Giza and Alexandria — go to the polls last month. Voter turnout came in at 28.3%, Ibrahim said.

What next? Voters in Cairo, Qalyubia, Menofia, Gharbia, Kafr El Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai and South Sinai will all be voting in the second phase of the election this month. Expats will vote on 4-6 November while polls open here at home on 7-8 November.

And then there are the runoffs: Runoffs for 110 seats in Giza and other governorates that went to the polls first will take place on 23-24 November. Runoffs for seats in Cairo and other phase two governorates will take place 7-8 December.

When will we have results? We’ll have the final list of individual candidates elected in phase one governorates on 30 November, while phase two results are set to be announced on 14 December.

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