Low turnout at Egypt polling stations

2011-12-15 11:25
Cairo - Polling stations in nine Egyptian governorates re-opened on Thursday for a second round of voting in the country's parliamentary elections amid low voter turnout.

Unlike Wednesday, when long queues were registered, few people showed up at polling stations during the first hour of voting, state television reported.

Voting in Egypt's first elections since Hosny Mubarak's overthrow was to run until 19:00 (17:00 GMT).

About 18.7 million people are eligible to cast their ballots in the current round, which sees 3 387 candidates contest 180 seats.

An independent commission, overseeing the polls, reported late Wednesday illegal canvassing, but said the violations were "very limited" compared to those of the first round held in late November.

Two-thirds of the new parliament's 498 seats are allocated to party lists, with the remainder earmarked for individuals.

The final round of voting is set to end in mid-January.

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