Egypt's first-round runoff sees low participation

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Egyptian voters in nine governorates have returned to the polls to select parliamentary candidates in a host of run-off races left over from the November 28 first-round election. Only four candidates out of a possible 56 won outright during the initial balloting.

Voters in each district will choose two candidates over the course of the Monday and Tuesday voting. Such invididual-race districts will make up one-third of parliament's lower house, the People's Assembly, while list districts where parties run set slates of candidates will make up two-thirds.

Most run-offs are between Islamists: candidates from the Muslim Brotherhood's powerful Freedom and Justice Party versus those from the hardline Salafi Nour Party.

Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros reports from Cairo.