Egyptians vote in multi-phase Parliament polls
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 23:45
  
Cairo: Egypt on Thursday held the latest phase of the Parliament election to elect a civilian leadership that would take over from the ruling military council which has been governing the country since a popular uprising ended President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Citizens were lined up in queues outside polling stations amid tight security during the second round of the three-stage polls taking place in Cairo's twin city of Giza; Beni Sueif, south of the capital; the Nile Delta provinces of Menufiya, Sharqiya and Beheira; the canal cities of Ismailiya and Suez, and the southern cities of Sohag and Aswan.

Islamist parties, which clinched two thirds of the votes in the opening stage of the election, is set to dominate the election.

The powerful Muslim Brotherhood, which got maximum seats in the opening phase through its Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), was determined to keep the momentum going as it asked its supporters to come out an vote in large numbers.

Asked about the possibility of extending the time of voting after 7:00 pm local time, Election commission chairman Abdel Moez Ibrahim said polling stations will remain open until all voters in the line have cast their ballots.

Speaking at a press conference today, he said High Elections Commission (HEC) had not receive a single compliant after the opening of the electoral stations today.

He did not set a date to announce the results of the second phase of the polls.

Ibrahim acknowledged that despite efforts to prevent it, campaigning had been reported in several polling stations.

Egyptians will choose an upper house in a further three rounds of polls after the voting for the lower house of parliament gets over in January.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 23:45


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