Major representation disparities in new Parliament, says study

Major representation disparities in new Parliament, says study

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Mon, 21/01/2013 - 19:57

There appears to be a problematic discrepancy between population and the number of seats in Parliament granted to each governorate, according to a recent study conducted ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The study, conducted by the Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera), suggests that Giza has 4.3 million registered voters, the second highest in the country, but is represented by only 30 seats in the House of Representatives. However, Daqahlia, which has only 3.7 million registered voters, has been granted 36 seats.

Alexandria, home to 3.3 million voters, has 24 seats, but Beheira, Gharbiya and Sohag were each granted 30 seats despite having lower populations, the center said.

The study suggested that the discrepancies worked in favor of less populated border provinces. For instance, Aswan has six seats in Parliament with 853,000 voters, while Damietta has 12 with 894,000.

The study also pointed out other irregularities in the number of electors per each governorate, and recommended a reallocation of seats to ensure better representation of all governorates.