Tuesday, January 3, 2012
3rd round of voting in Egypt
Millions go to the polls in Egypt
In the third and final round of the election, some 14 million voters in a third of Egypt’s 27 provinces were picking 150 members of parliament, the first of two days of voting that will be followed by runoffs next week.
The balloting is taking place in areas known as strongholds of Islamist parties and is unlikely to change the trend of the election so far reports the Washington Times.
In the previous two stages of the election, the Muslim Brotherhood, the fundamentalist group that is Egypt’s most organized political force, has emerged with between 40-50 percent of the vote so far. The Al-Nour Party, which is based in the more conservative Islamic Salafi movement, has gained around 20 percent.
Liberal and secular groups that led the uprising that forced Mubarak from power have performed poorly in the staggered elections, which started Nov. 28.
Some seats are determined in a direct race between candidates, while others are divvied out in proportion to each party’s percentage of overall votes. The election commission is to announce the actual numbers of seats at the end of the entire process. Final election results are due to be announced Jan. 13.
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