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Egypt days away from heading to the polls

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for re-election after toppling the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.

FILE: A picture shows an Egyptian presidential election ballot with the ticked choice of candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in a polling station in Cairo on 28 May 2014. Picture: AFP/KHALED DESOUKI

JOHANNESBURG - Egypt is getting ready to its long-awaited parliamentary election in less than a week's time.

Many hope it will be a final step in the process to bringing back democracy, but others claim it's just a farce and a mockery of the political system.

The 18 October election was supposed to happen in March, but it was delayed by the courts, which ruled some sections of the election law unconstitutional.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is running for re-election after toppling Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, in 2013 following mass protests at the time.

Hundreds were killed on the streets and thousands were arrested.

The House of Representatives is made up of 568 seats, 448 elected as individuals and 120 through winner-takes-all lists.

The economy will be a main issue for voters following years of political turmoil.