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Polling stations open in final Egypt vote

2012-12-22 10:20

Cairo - Polling stations opened in Egypt on Saturday in the second and final round of a referendum on a new constitution that was drafted by an assembly dominated by Islamists and which the opposition says is polarising the nation.

After a first round vote last week which unofficial results showed as 57% approval of the constitution, polls opened again at 08:00 for the last stage of voting in areas analysts expected would give another "yes" vote.

Polls are scheduled to close at 19:00 but could be kept open longer as they were last week. The opposition said voting in the first round was littered with abuses. Officials overseeing the poll have said there were no major irregularities.