Elections Commission: High turnout in first round of polls

Sixty-two percent of registered voters in the first round of the Egyptian parliamentary elections took to the polls on Monday in what marks the highest turnout in decades, the High Elections Committee announced at a press conference on Friday evening. 

More than 8 million voters of some 14 million took to the polls and about 500,000 votes were nullified. 

The first round included nine governorates, including Cairo and Alexandria. The first round of the elections was over 168 seats of the lower house of parliament's 498 seats. 

More than 40 percent of the votes went for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. 

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