Polling stations open in final Egypt constitution vote

December 22, 2012 08:09

CAIRO - Polling stations opened in Egypt on Saturday in the second and final round of a referendum on a new constitution that was drafted by an assembly dominated by Islamists and which the opposition says is polarizing the nation.

After a first round vote last week which unofficial results showed as 57 percent approval of the constitution, polls opened again at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) for the last stage of voting in areas analysts expected would give another "yes" vote.

Polls are scheduled to close at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT) but could be kept open longer as they were last week. The opposition said voting in the first round was littered with abuses. Officials overseeing the poll have said there was no major irregularities.

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