5 Dec 2011

Islamists dominate election so far

9:30 am on 5 December 2011

Islamists look set to dominate parliament after the initial round of voting in Egypt's first election since President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown.

The Muslim Brotherhood party has emerged on top with about 30% after last week's voting, with the Salafi Islamist party pushing the liberals into third place.

The BBC reports the voting system is highly complex, with two-thirds of the 498 elected seats being decided by proportional representation and the rest by a first-past-the-post system.

Many of the first-past-the-post polls have gone to a second round and the proportional part of the vote will not be announced until later.

Only a third of constituencies voted on Monday and Tuesday in the poll that will decide the make-up of the lower house of parliament. Turnout was 62%.

The next two stages of the poll will go on into January.