Facts and figures on Egypt's general election

2015-10-15 09:55


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Cairo - More than 27 million Egyptians are eligible to vote Sunday in the first phase of a general election for a new parliament, the first since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Voting for the 596-member parliament will be held in two phases between October 17 and December 2.

The much-delayed election in the largest Sunni Arab country of 88 million people is the last milestone in Egypt's "roadmap to democracy" as announced by former army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after he ousted Morsi.

Adopting a new constitution and holding last year's presidential election that saw Sisi come to power were the two other "democratic stages" in the roadmap.

While Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been blacklisted as a "terrorist group" and its leaders and tens of thousands of supporters jailed and banned from contesting elections, some secular and leftist youth movements and parties are boycotting the election.

Previous general election

The Brotherhood dominated the previous parliament along with Salafists or Sunni fundamentalists, but that assembly was dissolved in June 2012 even before Morsi's election as Egypt's first freely elected leader.

Turnout in the previous general election was 54.9%.

Lawmakers and members of ousted veteran leader Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party are contesting the election in large numbers after a ban on them was lifted.

Voting in the first phase will be across 14 governorates on Sunday and Monday. Egyptians living abroad will vote on Saturday.

If there is a run-off, it will be on October 27-28, with results announced over the following two days.

The second phase in the remaining 13 governorates, with more than 28 million eligible voters, begins on November 21.

Main coalition

Any run-off would be on December 1-2, again with the results expected over the next two days.

Of the 596 lawmakers, 448 will be elected as independents, 120 on party lists, and 28 will be presidential appointees.

The party lists have quotas representing women, Coptic Christians, the handicapped, expats, youths, workers and farmers.

The main coalition is the pro-Sisi For the Love of Egypt which includes the liberal Free Egyptians Party founded by telecom tycoon Naguib Sawiris, and Al-Wafd Party, also liberal.

The Salafist Al-Nur Party is the only Islamist political party in the election.

Polling begins at 09:00 and ends at 21:00, with nearly 16 000 judges supervising.

Voters have to be at least 18 years old, and candidates have to be over 25.

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