CAIRO — Egypt’s election commission on Thursday announced a second delay for the release of results of the opening stage of the country’s first post-uprising polls, saying counting was still taking place.
The results, which had already been pushed back from Wednesday evening until Thursday, will now be released on Friday, the official MENA news agency quoted chief electoral official Abdel Moez Ibrahim as saying.
The delay was necessary “as the counting of votes is still going on in a number of districts because of the large number of voters who took part in these elections,” the head of the High Judicial Elections Commission said.
The vote on Monday and Tuesday in Cairo and Alexandria and other areas was the first of three stages of an election for a new lower house of parliament. The rest of the country follows next month and in January.
Early forecasts suggest the moderate Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement is set to emerge as the biggest winner from the first round with over 40 percent, but with hardline Salafists showing surprisingly strong gains.