October 19, 2015 / 11:21 AM / 2 years ago

Turnout 15-16 percent on first day of Egyptian election: PM

International observers watch a woman cast her vote at a school used as a voting centre in Alexandria, Egypt, October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said on Monday that turnout on the first day of voting in a long-awaited parliamentary election was 15 to 16 percent.

State news agency MENA quoted Ismail as saying turnout was expected to be higher on Monday after the government gave public sector workers half a day off to encourage them to cast their ballots.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Lin Noueihed; Editing by Alison Williams

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