Egypt wrapped up Wednesday a legislative election that spanned over six weeks but failed to mobilise a high turnout for a parliament expected to firmly back President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s iron-fisted policies. The election was marred by apathy in the absence of any opposition after Sisi crushed all forms of dissent since ousting his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. Polling in a run-off for the second phase of voting in 13 of the country’s 27 provinces closed at 9:00 pm (0700 GMT), bringing an end to a weeks-long marathon electoral process.
The first stage of the election in 14 provinces was held on October 18 and 19 and saw a turnout of only 26.6 percent. A run-off held days later produced an even lower turnout of 21.7 percent.
The second phase held on November 22-23 in the remaining 13 provinces saw a marginally higher turnout of 29.9 percent, but failed to produce winners with a clear majority in most constituencies.
A run-off was then held on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the results to be announced by Friday, the High Electoral Commission said on its website.