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Egypt hold first round of upper house elections

01-30-2012 07:31 BJT

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Egyptians voted in the first round of elections for the upper house of parliament -- a largely consultative body with limited powers -- on Sunday.

The first day of the two-day voting ended with a low turnout rate. Voters in 13 out of Egypt’s 27 provinces headed to the polls.

Although eligible voters reach 25 million in the country, the 5,000 and more polling stations only saw a small number of them casting ballots.

An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan.
29, 2012.

The parliament upper house, known as the Shura Council consists of 270 members with 180 chosen by voters, and 90 appointed by the yet to be elected president.

Egypt’s ruling military council shortened the process of the upper house polls from three stages to only two.

Following this first round held till Monday, the second will commence on February 14 and 15.

A run-off will be held about a week later after each phase if necessary.

The first session of the elected Shura Council is scheduled to convene on February 28.

Reda Fahmy (C), a Muslim Brotherhood candidate for Egypt's Shura, or upper house of
parliament, elections, greets an army officer at the entrance of a school used as a
polling station in Cairo January 29, 2012.

A soldier stands guard against a wall covered with posters of an election candidate
in Cairo January 29, 2012.

People cast their votes in a school used as a polling station in Cairo January 29,

Election officials help a man cast his vote in a ballot box in a school used as a
polling station in Cairo, January 29, 2012.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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