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Convict, dead person win votes in Egypt polls

19:25 22 October 2015 Author :   The Staff
Photo showing disinclination to vote

- First round of parliamentary elections was held Sunday and Monday in half of Egypt’s 27 provinces

CAIRO – The history of Egyptian elections is full of odd things, but the funny thing this time is that voters had given their ballots to a convict and a deceased candidate in this month’s parliamentary polls.

A first round of the elections was held Sunday and Monday in half of Egypt’s 27 provinces.

Results announced by the electoral commission showed that a former member of the now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP), the ruling party under former President Hosni Mubarak, received more than 18,000 votes in Behira in the Nile Delta.

The funny thing was that the candidate was serving a five-year jail term on charges of inciting murder.

The candidate's jail sentence is still subject to appeal.

Election results also showed that a candidate, who had died two weeks before the polls, had won 368 votes in the first round of elections in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya.

Officials from the electoral commission said the candidate received votes even though there was a sign placed at the polling station saying that he had passed away.

The electoral commission said Wednesday that only 26.56 percent of eligible voters turned out in the first round of the parliamentary elections.

A second round of the polls will be held in late November.

The parliamentary elections are the first to be held since the military deposed President Mohamed Morsi in a 2013 coup.

Anadolu Agency

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