Egypt ruling party 'wins' 92 percent of local poll seats

Egypt's ruling party has won 92 percent of the votes in municipal elections boycotted by the main opposition group the Muslim Brotherhood, a security official said.

Egypt ruling party 'wins' 92 percent of local poll seats
"After calculating the results handed in from the individual municipalities, we can say the ruling party has won 92 percent of votes and eight percent went to opposition and independent canditates," the official said.

There are no official turnout figures, but many polling stations were empty on April 8, with the victory of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) never in doubt after the disqualification of many opposition candidates.

The NDP had fielded a candidate for every one of the 52,000 council seats up for grabs.

The elections gained an unprecedented importance after a 2005 constitutional amendment requiring independent presidential candidates to secure the backing of councillors.

Those not belonging to political parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood whose members sit in parliament as independents, need the support of at least 10 local councillors in at least 14 provinces to stand.

The next presidential election is set for 2011.

Last Mod: 16 Nisan 2008, 15:44
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