Middle East

Egypt election: Your views

The results of the first parliamentary elections since the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak confirm a victory for Islamist parties.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won the largest number of seats, while the hardline Salafist Nour party came second.

Egyptians voted in three phases over a six-week period to elect the 498 members of the People's Assembly. Ten further members are appointed by the ruling military.

BBC News website readers, who voted in the elections, share their views and their hopes for Egypt's future.

Dr Moataz Attallah, university lecturer, Birmingham, UK

Image caption Dr Attallah: "Western media should use the term conservative rather than Islamist as in western minds the latter means terrorism"

I am an Egyptian and I have been living in the UK for almost nine years. I came as a student and I am now a lecturer at Birmingham University.

When the revolution happened I got very excited about it.

I could have voted by post but I wanted to be back to my homeland to vote.

I have a national identity card which was checked by local judges before I could vote.

I voted in my home area of Giza. I had to vote for one party and up to two individual candidates.

Voters had to dip their fingers in permanent ink after they had voted - the ink didn't come off my finger for about a month!

I voted for the Centre Party as I think their policies show how Egypt should go forward.

The Centre Party believes that Islam is the main religion in the country but it is open to all groups and minorities.

I disagree politically with the Islamist or conservative parties. But, I wasn't surprised that they did well - people trust them.

I believe they were the most active at a grassroots level in the charitable services.

I am still surprised at the performance of the Salafist Nour party, and I do believe some foreign, possibly Arab, money supported their political campaign.

The liberal parties, similar to Mubarak, were seen as a threat, and not a companion in the struggle.

This result should be seen as a defeat for the liberals, and not a victory for the conservatives, as they could have achieved a more dominant majority if they wished.

I think the western media should not refer to parties as being Islamist but conservative so that people have no pre-judgements. I think the term Islamist in western minds means terrorism.

Professor Nabil, Alexandria, Egypt

I voted in December. Like the majority of people I knew and worked with, I was keen to vote.

It was the first time I have ever voted because I knew that in this election votes would be taken seriously.

This time was different from previously elections. I didn't go to vote before because I felt that my vote would not count.

But after the revolution, people talked about the new start Egypt was going to have.

I voted for a conglomerate of parties. I voted for the liberal parties because I agreed with them in that they want an Egypt where people can communicate with each other despite our differences.

I think the result represents what a lot of people think.

I'm not sure of how to interpret that, but at least the majority of the voting population got want they wanted.

I think many people voted conservative mainly because it was in opposition to the previous government.

The election result is a step forward.

If we conduct ourselves in a civilised manner and work hard and forget our differences then I believe Egypt will be OK.

The new parliamentary members will have to prove they can handle democracy.

If they focus on the major issues such as education and the economy then Egypt might be going in the right direction.

Lina Ezzat, student pharmacist, Cairo, Egypt

Image caption Lina Ezzat: "I'm not happy with the result - not enough time was invested in real promotion of all of the parties"

I voted for a liberal coalition party, as they turned out to be the strongest liberal party in parliament.

But after I voted I realised there were other parties I could have voted for. I wasn't aware of them because of the lack of promotion.

I regret who I voted for a little bit but I researched as best I could.

The lack of promotion from other parties diminished their strength to compete.

I consider myself well-educated, but even I thought the voting system complex. People with less education would have found it even more difficult.

The majority relied on the party that they saw everywhere.

Many of the voters are religious so when a party says vote for us because we are Muslims then people would vote for them.

I'm a Muslim but it has nothing to do with politics. Unfortunately, my country is not educated enough to know the difference.

Parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood gave out money, food, blankets to voters.

They are very active in communities and people remember them. But I don't think they should use poverty to get votes.

I'm not happy with the election result - I understand this is post revolution - but this election was organised too hastily. Not enough time was invested in real promotion of all of the parties.

People, particularly the older generation who have never voted, have not been politically active for years and so it would take time for them to get used to voting.

But I can't forget the people who have died while protesting against the old regime.

This Wednesday there will be peaceful marches held to remember those who have lost their lives.

I hope that we will not have to tolerate any more deaths for democracy in my country.

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