CAIRO – Egyptians headed to the polls Wednesday for the second round of the country’s three-stage election process to select a new parliament, CNN said. The round is vital because voting occurs in Giza, Luxor, Aswan and Ismailia regions , which have historically favored conservative Islamic candidates.
Egypt’s Islamists claimed victory in the first round last week. The relatively moderate Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has said on its website that it had won 34 seats in the runoff election. The conservative Al Nour Salafi Party won five seats, according to its website.
These are the first parliamentary elections since former President Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office in February. The long and complex election process will not be completed until next month, the BBC said. The aim is to elect a lower house of parliament, which will then appoint a committee to draft a new constitution for the post-revolution era. Voting has been staggered over three months to allow each round to be carefully supervised by the judiciary.
Elections for parliament’s less powerful upper house will begin in late January and finish in March, after which the assembly will write a new constitution, Voice of America said.