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World Egypt starts voting in first stage of parliament elections

15:06  24 october  2020
15:06  24 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Parliamentary elections are scheduled to be held in Egypt on 24-25 October and on 7-8 November 2020 to elect the House of Representatives.

Egyptian parliamentary elections to the House of Representatives were held in two phases, from 17 October to 2 December 2015. The elected parliament will be entrusted with the task of reviewing the

Egyptians voted Saturday in a parliamentary election in which there was little doubt of a sweeping victory for supporters of hardline President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

text: Egyptians go to the polls this weekend for the second time this year, to elect a new lower house of parliament, after August's low-key ballot for the upper house Senate © Mohamed el-Shahed Egyptians go to the polls this weekend for the second time this year, to elect a new lower house of parliament, after August's low-key ballot for the upper house Senate

Some 63 million voters out of Egypt's more than 100 million people are eligible to elect 568 of the 596 lawmakers in the lower house, widely seen as a rubber-stamp body for executive policies.

The remaining deputies will be appointed by former army general-turned-president Sisi, whose government has over the past six years silenced any serious political opposition to its rule.

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Parliamentary elections were held in Egypt held from 28 November 2011 to 11 January 2012, following the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak

Large numbers of Egyptians have turned out to vote in the first elections since former President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February. Voting for the upper house, or Shura Assembly, of parliament takes place after that and the presidential election is supposed to be held by mid-2012.

The elections will be held in two phases, with the first covering 14 provinces on Saturday and Sunday. The second, on November 7-8, will cover 13 provinces including the capital Cairo.

On Saturday morning, mini-buses were seen driving around parts of Giza province, south of Cairo, bearing photos and banners of some candidates to draw support as voters trickled into polling stations, an AFP reporter said.

Some 63 million voters out of Egypt's more than 100 million people are eligible to elect 568 of the 596 lawmakers in the lower house © Khaled DESOUKI Some 63 million voters out of Egypt's more than 100 million people are eligible to elect 568 of the 596 lawmakers in the lower house

Giant billboards and banners have sprung up across the bustling capital Cairo and elsewhere urging Egyptians to vote, while some candidates have released online music video clips to draw support.

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The Egyptian presidential election of 2005, held on September 7, 2005, was the first allegedly contested presidential election in Egypt 's history. Hosni Mubarak, the former President of Egypt , won a fifth consecutive six-year term in office, with official results showing he won 88.6% of the vote .

The Egyptian parliamentary elections of 2010 first voting round was held in Egypt on 28 November 2010 and the second round was held on 5 December 2010. The election was scheduled in two stages to form the Ninth Assembly since the adoption of the 1971 Constitution.

a group of people walking in front of a building: The new parliament will be the second to convene under Sisi, who took office in 2014 after leading the military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi © Khaled DESOUKI The new parliament will be the second to convene under Sisi, who took office in 2014 after leading the military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi

Many of the candidates also stood for election five years ago in a political landscape marked by the presence of dozens of parties with little weight and influence on the ground.

The outgoing parliament, elected in 2015, was packed with Sisi supporters and featured only a small opposition bloc known as 25/30.

The new parliament will be the second to convene under Sisi, who took office in 2014 after leading the military ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Run-offs will be held in November, and final results are to be announced in December.

- Possible fines? -

A woman in Giza said she was casting her ballot under pressure from the authorities.

"I am only taking part in the elections because I am afraid if I don't vote I will be fined by the government," she said, declining to be named for security reasons.

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Egypt 's long-awaited parliamentary polls will kick off on Oct. 18. The North African country has been without a parliament for about three years.

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During Senate elections in August, the election commission said citizens who fail to vote could face fines of up to 500 Egyptian pounds ($31).

Nevertheless those elections were marked by a low voter turnout of around 14 percent.

The parliament vote is the second to be held since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic which has so far infected more than 105,000 people and killed nearly 6,200 in Egypt.

Over 4,000 candidates, believed to be mostly pro-government, are competing for 284 of the 568 seats reserved for individuals. Eight party lists are running for the remaining 284 seats.

Among the top contenders is a political coalition known as the Unified National List, led by the pro-government Mostakbal Watan, or Nation's Future, Party.

The party, including top businessmen and public figures, has grown since 2014 to become one of Egypt's dominant political forces.

It swept the August Senate elections, and its leader Abdelwahab Abdelrazek was named the upper house's head last Sunday.

The reinstatement of the upper house -- which had been abolished after Morsi's ouster -- was among constitutional amendments which included potentially extending Sisi's rule until 2030.

Other changes were to boost the president's control over the judiciary and granting the army even greater influence in political life.

Sisi's government has for years launched a severe crackdown on dissent, ensnaring journalists, bloggers, lawyers and intellectuals.

Protests have been effectively banned under a restrictive 2013 law, and a renewable state of emergency has been in place since 2017.

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