Cairo: The turnout of
the run-off in the second stage of the Egyptian parliamentary
elections hit 43 percent, chairman of the High Judicial Elections
Commission Abdel- Moez Ibrahim announced on Saturday.
Ibrahim said more than 4 million voted for the Muslim
Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which ranks the
first, and some 3 millions voted for the ultra-conservative
Salafist Nour party, reported Xinhua.
The FJP won 40 out of the total 60 seats, while the Nour party won
13 seats and the independents got 4 seats in the nine governorates
where the polls were held, including Giza, Minufiya, Sharqiya,
Ismailia, Beni Suef, Suez, Beheira, Sohag and Aswan, according to
the official newspaper Al-Ahram.
The run-off witnessed a great loss for the dissolved National
Democratic Party (NDP).
At Saturday's press conference, Ibrahim said "new procedures are
to be adopted in the third stage to avoid any violations that
occurred in the second one."
"There will be more judicial officials in each electoral centre to
guarantee that instructions for the illiterate and those with
special needs are applied according to the governing human laws,"
Islamists dominated the seats in the first democratic
parliamentary elections since toppling former President Hosni
Mubarak in February. In the first voting stage held on Nov 28 and
29 in the nine provinces including Cairo and Alexandria, the FJP
and the Nour Party won 60 percent of the votes.