High elections commission predicts run-off results on Saturday

A senior official at Egypt's High Judicial Elections Commission (HJEC) said on Thursday that the results of run-offs from the second phase of parliamentary elections will probably be announced on Saturday.

Yousry Abdel Karim, the head of the HJEC's technical office, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the commission has not yet decided on a firm date for making the announcement, but that Saturday looks likely.

"We are eyeing Saturday, but that's not the final date," he said. "We are waiting for the results of expatriate votes. We do not also want to rush the provinces to declare their polling results,” he said.

Abdel Karim said no voting related complaints had been received on Thursday, the second day of run-offs.

However, a report by the One World Foundation, an Egyptian human rights organization, detected incidents of collective voting and exposed ballot boxes in Aswan.

The report — citing several polling stations in Giza, Beni Suef, Aswan, and Ismailia — also highlighted the absence of voter lists guiding citizens to their polling stations.

Eyewitnesses told Al-Masry Al-Youm that a number of female members of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Monufiya Governorate clashed with rivals from the Nour Party, the leading Salafi political party in Egypt.

They added that FJP women prevented their Nour Party rivals from directing female voters to vote for their candidates. Both parties traded accusations of improperly influencing female voters, especially the illiterate.

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