Sun, 25 Oct 2020 - 11:11 GMT
A woman casts her ballot at a school used as a polling station, during the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections in Giza, Egypt, October 24, 2020. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO – 26 October 2020: A list of Parliamentary candidates, dubbed “For the Sake of Egypt,” came first in 14 governorates included in the first stage of House elections held inside the country, according to preliminary indications.
The list, which is led by Mostaqbal Watan (Future of a Nation) party, ran in the four constituencies of Cairo and the Middle and South Delta; the North, Middle and South of Upper Egypt; the Eastern Delta; and the Western Delta.
The Nedaa Masr list candidates came second, according to the information obtained, given that the National Election Authority is the only body in charge of issuing the final result of the election.
The results will be officially announced on November 15, according to the NEA.
Balloting is organized amidst tight precautionary measures to counter the spread of coronavirus as polling stations are regularly being sanitized.
National Elections Authority Chairman Counselor Lashin Ibrahim has announced a hotline number 19826 to receive any complains and answer queries about the electoral process.
NEA has also formed an operations room to follow up with heads of the primary courts the voting process and settle any complains.
A total of 568 seats are up for grabs in Egypt's upcoming parliamentary elections, while 28 seats (five per cent) will be named by the president, bringing the House's seats to 596.
The re-runs of the first stage will be held for Egyptians abroad from November 21 to 23 and in Egypt on November 24 and 25.
The governorates included in the first stage were Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira, and Marsa Matrouh.