EGYPT: Security measures intensified ahead of parliamentary run-off

#AceWorldNews – Dec.01: Top officials from Egyptian Ministry of Interior and security directorates heads inspected Tuesday the security measures outside the polling stations in 13 governorates for the run-off vote in the second phase of the 2015 parliament elections, Youm7 reported.

The highly intensified security measures have been taken following a terrorist attack that targeted a hotel which was hosting judges overseeing the second round in parliamentary elections Nov. 23 in North Sinai’s Arish; four people including judges were killed in the attack that carried out by the Islamic State affiliate in Egypt. Media and judges slammed the lack of security measures outside the hotel.

The Ministry of Justice aide for security affairs has inspected the polling stations in North Sinai, Judges’ Club member Hamdy Abdel-Tawab told Youm7.

Moreover, the Ministry of Health announced a state of emergency in the hospitals in the 13 governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.

A total of 2,834 ambulances were deployed in the main streets, squares, and near the polling stations nationwide, according to a statement from the Ministry Monday.

The run-off vote of the second phase in Egypt’s 2015 Parliamentary elections kicked off Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (Cairo time) in 13 governorates in which more than 28 million people are eligible to cast their votes.

As the parliament is consisted of individual and list seats, the run-off phase will witness 422 candidates contesting for the remaining 213 individual system seats, after the “For The Love of Egypt” coalition swept to the victory in the winner-takes-all list based system winning 45 seats allocated for the round.

Egypt’s House of Representatives will comprise of 596 members, with 448 to be elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president, HEC announced in a news conference late August.

Egypt has not had a parliament since June 2012, after the Islamist-dominated People’s Assembly was dissolved per a court order about six months after its election.

The parliamentary elections are the final step in a roadmap set out by then-Minister of Defense Sisi in 2013 when the army ousted Mohamed Morsi from power.

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