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Brotherhood, Nour sweep run-off in 2nd-stage Egyptian parliamentary polls

Saturday December 24, 2011 11:46:35 PM, IANS

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," said Ibrahim.

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.









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