About 28 per cent of Egyptian voters cast ballots in a staggered parliamentary election dominated by pro-government candidates, the countryâ€™s election committee announced on Friday, following a crackdown on the main Islamist opposition group. Experts think that the real turnout might have been around 7 percent. Especially the young generation boycotted the elections.
Judge Ayman Abbas, the head of the committee, said that roughly 15 million out of a total of some 53 million people had cast ballots in a vote that lasted more than six weeks.
This election, assembling Egyptâ€™s first parliament in three and a half years, brought an end to a transition put in place by the army after it overthrew Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist president, in the summer of 2013.
But despite these democratic trappings, critics say Egyptâ€™s new regime, led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has transformed the country into a more violent dictatorship than that of predecessors, along them Hosni Mubarak, a feared dictator.