Egypt begins voting to elect new parliament

Sunday, 2020-10-25 13:31:32
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A polling station in Giza, Egypt. (Photo: Reuters)
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Polls opened in Egypt on October 24 for parliamentary elections that will stretch over several weeks.

A first round of voting will end on Sunday, with a second round on November 7-8. Run-offs will take place in late November and early December.

The polls are being held with a new electoral law under which 50% of 568 contested seats will be allocated to pre-selected lists that take all the seats in an electoral area if they win a majority of votes. Opposition politicians say that lists led by pro-government parties are tightly vetted and hard to compete with.

The remaining contested seats will be allocated to individual candidates, and Sisi can appoint up to 28 legislators directly.

The voting is taking place amid tight precautionary measures, to curb any further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).