Egypt: Giza residents vote in first round of parliamentary elections

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Voters headed to the polls in Giza on Saturday as the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections got underway.

One of the voters, Tarek Hanafy said: "In the past, we did not participate in the elections, but now we like to participate and say our opinion so that no one benefits from that and succeeds without being worthy."

63 million people are eligible to vote in Egypt's parliamentary elections where 568 of the 596 lawmakers in Egypt's lower house will be elected while the remaining members will be appointed by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Fourteen of the country's provinces are voting 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.

*SOUNDBITES*

SOT, Azza Sobhey, Voter (Arabic): "This is participation in the parliament of my country, and anything that concerns Egypt I must participate in because I am an Egyptian in it and I must participate and have a voice and requests in the state."

SOT, Tarek Hanafy, Voter (Arabic): " In the past, we did not participate in the elections, but now we like to participate and say our opinion so that no one benefits from that and succeeds without being worthy. We ask before participating about the candidates, especially with a large number of candidates and our lack of knowledge of all of them, but as far as we can we ask about who will be in our service and who has a headquarters to receive the voters, and as a result of these questions we decide who will be elected."

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