Egyptian parliamentary elections today
Reports trickling from Egypt the National Democratic Party (NDP) to keep its two-thirds majority; the banned Muslim Brotherhood to lose its base strong opposition bloc; still humble performance from the smaller opposition parties participated in the vote.
Essam Elerian, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, says: "We lost seats and a much deserved representation in the parliament. But we won people's love and support and a media battle that exposed irregularities in the elections."
Elerian blames his group's loss on "clear vote-rigging" that amounted to "an obvious election scandal by all measures".
Egyptians are voting today (voting started at 10.30AM IST) to elect a new parliament in the country. According to Head of the Higher Election Commission El-Sayyed Abdel-Aziz Omar, four thousand six hundred and 86 (4686) candidates are contesting for the 508 seats in which 64 seats have been allocated to women. Security forces are on high alert after violent clashes erupted throughout the Nile Delta and in the south of the country. Egyptian parliamentary elections of 2010 will be held in Egypt on 28 November 2010 and the second round of the elections will be held on the 5 December 2010. The scheduled three-stage elections for determining its lower house membership. The elections formed the Eighth Assembly since the adoption of the 1971 Constitution.
Political outfits are National Democratic Party having - 311 seats and New Wafd Party - 6 along with Progressive National Unionist Party - 2 but the two outfits Arab Democratic Nasserist Party - 0 Liberal Party (Hizb al-Ahrar) - 0 in last parliament election 2005: The Independents - did won 24 and other Independents (Muslim Brotherhood - al-ikhwān al-muslimūn) - rested 88 seats but many independents switched their political affiliation back to NDP giving it its soaring majority.
candidates is to campaign run advertisements in the media - though it was Mr Mubarak's campaign that enjoyed the most coverage and the Judges to monitor the voting independently, but critics contend that the judge's role is a problem because they many of the judicial officials at the polls are relatively junior and thus vulnerable to pressure from the ruling party.Election commission issued a statement today saying that despite earlier rulings to the contrary private groups plus private observers are welcome to go inside polling stations.The counting of ballots is to take up to three days, and final results will not be known until Saturday, the commission said.