The ballot boxes from Egypt’s first parliamentary election since a popular revolt ousted President Mubarak have been sealed and wait to be counted.
Egypt’s complex electoral system and numerous candidates did not deter voters from rushing to the polls, despite the unrest which marred the election run-up.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s party and other Islamists are expected to do well even though modern Egyptian society has a strong secular class.
Independent candidate Sherifa Tabei was forthright in her opinion: “Most of the illiterate are easily brainwashed. And it has been proven many times that some of the Islamic parties have been using different ways to attract the simple folk who are not aware of what’s going on. Because people are religious and if you speak to them through religion and emotions as well because people are emotional. They think that this is the right way.”
Meanwhile, several thousand protesters maintained their 10-day occupation of Tahrir Square demanding an end to army rule.
Euronews reporter in Cairo, Aissa Boukanoun said:
“The high turnout in this historic vote could be explained by a fear that the Islamists might come to power – some see it as an attempt to block extremist parties.”