Egypt holds Upper House mid-term elections

14:06, June 01, 2010      

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Voting for the mid-term election of Egypt's Shura Council, or the Upper House of the parliament, begins Tuesday morning across the country.

Some 30 million eligible voters are expected to select 74 members out of 446 candidates in 55 constituencies, the country's electoral authorities have said. Another 14 candidates run uncontested.

Among the candidates, 115 are from 13 parties including the ruling National Democratic Party, and the rest are independents.

Only 176 members of the 264-member council are directly elected for six-year terms, while the rest are appointed by the president. Elections and appointments are on a rotating basis. The mid-term election is held every three years.

Source: Xinhua


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