Nov. 28 - Security increased in Egypt ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections. Julie Noce reports.
Hours before the polls open in Egypt, the streets of Alexandria are calm. Police and security stand at the ready in full riot gear-- just in case. Days of demonstrations and clashes have heightened police presence ahead of Monday's parliamentary elections.... With dozens of political parties, and hundreds of candidates, voters have their work cut out... Lower house elections will take place in three phases-- upper house elections will follow-- and will also be held in three phases. Analysts fear election results could become muddled by the inexperienced electorate who've only been given a few weeks to become familiar with the complex voting system after years of oppression under Hosni Mubarak. Demonstrators, although untrusting of the current ruling army council, expressed their resolve in exercising their right to vote. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DEMONSTRATOR, KHALED SHARA, SAYING: "It is impossible for the upcoming elections to represent the revolution or the revolutionary youth. The elections are a joke, I don't know how they're going to secure the elections if they're not even able to secure us, or the security directorate. But nonetheless, every person's vote is their right in these elections, you have to go vote because it is your right to vote. If you give up your right then you're not allowed to complain later. But if the elections are imposed on us then we will have to vote and so does everybody else." Parliamentary election results are expected by mid-January. Presidential elections will take place shortly after... a full handover of power is expected in June. Julie Noce, Reuters