by Jonathan Rashad

Final figures for Egypt’s parliamentary elections have been announced, with voter turnout reaching 26 percent in the first phase. With only four independent seats secured, voters will be expected to go to the polls once again to cast their votes for the remaining 222 seats in run-off elections. The vote also has yet to take place in another thirteen governorates, including Cairo.

Voter turnout in the 2012 parliamentary elections was a record 62 percent, but interest in parliamentary candidates and the electoral process has waned in recent years. While half as many candidates are participating in the 2015 elections compared to 2012, voters have complained of unfamiliarity with the people vying for their votes. A renewed sense of apathy, distrust, and confusion appears to have played a large part in keeping turnout numbers low.

Jonathan Rashad is a self-taught documentary photographer who grew up in Cairo and started his career in 2008. He has covered events in Egypt as they have unfolded over the past few years. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanRashad