The head of Egypt's National Election authority announced that the voter turnout during the first round of the parliamentary poll in the country reached 28.6 percent. Lashin Ibrahim was speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Sunday.
“We have allowed Egyptians living abroad to vote by mail to ensure that no Egyptian is deprived of their right to vote as a result of the restrictions imposed due to the outbreak of the corona pandemic in their country of residence,” said Lashin.
Fourteen of the country's provinces voted over the weekend, while another 13 are set to vote in November, with final results not expected until December.
Elections to the country's upper house, the Senate, took place in August, with turnout being estimated at only 14 percent.