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The long-awaited polls will be conducted in two phases between Oct. 17 and Dec. 2, with Egyptians residing abroad beginning casting votes on Saturday.

Kareem Al-Senoty, retired engineer man, expressed his rejection for any religious-based nominees in the new legislature. “It’s my duty to vote and prevent the success of the Islamists as lawmakers.”

We need to separate religion from politics; we are a civil rather than a religious country, Al-Senoty, who was accompanied by his two daughters in Kafr-Abdoo center of the coastal city of Alexandria, told Xinhua.

“Egyptians should avoid being controlled by someone with a beard or someone who uses religion for personal gain,” he added.

The now-banned Muslim Brotherhood swept the previous parliament along with Salafists or Sunni fundamentalists. The previous assembly was dissolved in June 2012.

The Salafist Al-Nour Party is the only Islamist political party in the election. Al-Nour won about a quarter of the votes in the country’s first post-revolution parliamentary elections held in late 2011, coming the second behind the Brotherhood.

Religious-based parties are banned according to the 2014 constitution. But al-Nour always denies its religious affiliations, defending itself as a party with religious background.

Reserving 75 percent of the seats for the individuals will likely make the new assembly vulnerable for the Islamists and the wealthy remnants of the former president Hosni Mubarak’s dissolved National and Democratic Party.

“I will give my voice for anyone, even if I don’t know him very well provided that he/she isn’t affiliated to the former president Mubarak regime or the Brotherhood,” said Sanaa Yassin, a 42-year-old housewife.

“We went through two uprisings to avoid the old faces who turned the country into perplexity,” she added. ” The Egyptians deserve better servers.”

More than 27 million voters from 14 provinces are expected to cast their ballots on Sunday and Monday in the first phase, according to the country’s High Electoral Committee.

The polls will mark the last milestone in Egypt’s three-stage roadmap to democracy, after adopting the new constitution and holding the presidential elections.

“Its the duty of all the Egyptians to show up and cast their votes for the new legislature to build our country on legal bases,” Mahmoud Mokhtar, a 52-year-old science teacher, said while casting his vote in the Giza district of Imbaba.

“I came to vote because I feel the challenges and dangers surrounding my country, and I hope my participation in the election will help Egypt,” Mokhtar said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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