Just over two percent of eligible voters have gone to the ballot boxes on the day of the Egyptian parliament elections in order to decide on Egypt’s first parliament since the military coup against the former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The Electoral Council said turnout had reached 2.27 percent by Sunday afternoon, with polls set to close atÂ 21hÂ local time. The first stage of voting is taking place across 14 of Egypt’s 27 governorates with 27 million people eligible to vote. T
he remaining provinces, including Cairo, are set to vote on Monday, with a final round expected in December.
Footage showed small crowds of voters gathering outside polling stations and turnout was also low among Egyptians voting abroad on Saturday. Speaking to Al Jazeera, Omar Ashour from the University of Exeter said there was “very large apathy” among voters who felt they had “limited to no choice”.