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Turnout at 26.5% in Egypt elections, 4 independents secure parliamentary seats in first round
Published in Ahram Online on 21 - 10 - 2015

New Valley governorate scored the highest turnout with 37 percent of registered voters participating in Egypt's parlimentry elections, while Giza had the lowest turnout with 21 percent
The "For the love of Egypt" electoral list won the party-based list seats in the first stage of Egypt's parliamentary elections, while only four candidates won individual seats, the head of the High Elections Committee (HEC), Ayman Abbas, announced Wednesday evening.
In a press conference at HEC's headquarters in Cairo, Abbas announced that the turnout in the first stage reached 26.56 percent with 7,270,594 out of 27,402,353 registered voters.
According to Abbas, the valid votes reached 6,584,128 (90.46 percent), while the void votes reached 694,466 (9.54 percent).
New Valley governorate scored the highest turnout with 37 percent of registered voters participating in the elections, while Giza had the lowest turnout with 21 percent.
There will be 222 individual seats contested in the runoff round which will take place next week.
The four candidates who won the seats in the first stage include Abdel-Rehim Ali, an independent candidate and a controversial TV presenter who won in a Giza-based constituency. The other winning candidates are Mohamed Dessouky and Mohamed El-Basha in two Upper Egypt constituencies, while Gamal Fares won in a constituency based in the New Valley governorate.
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