A steady stream of voters showed up Wednesday at polling centers in the port city of Suez and eight other governorates in Egypt. Islamists are expecting to boost their lead in the second phase of the country’s landmark parliamentary elections.

The first phase was held last month, and the third and final phase will come next month as the country votes by region.

At a school called “Freedom” in Suez, many women were heavily veiled with only their eyes showing.

“It’s the first time that I’m voting,” said Asmaa Hamed, a 35-year-old teacher who was voting for ultra-conservative Islamist candidates called Salafists. “That’s because I finally feel we have a vote that counts.”

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