Burned out and apathetic, Egypt prepares to vote -- again

Story highlights

  • Egypt is on the verge of its eighth election in less than five years
  • Some candidates say they haven't even read their party's policies
  • Former President Mohamed Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood is banned

Giza, Egypt (CNN)Loud music and the sound of vuvuzelas pour out of a double-decker bus moving through the streets of the historic Egyptian city of Giza.

On top, young men and women enthusiastically wave the Egyptian flag to drivers and pedestrians. The sides of the bus are covered with pictures of Ahmed Mortada Mansour, who is running for Parliament.
    But will even this be enough to get Egyptians come out to vote starting this weekend?
      Probably not, people on the street say.
      "Honestly, I only knew that there were elections a week ago. I don't know the candidates," Mostafa Ibrahim, a medical student, told CNN.
      This will be the country's third election since the military removed Islamist President Mohamed Morsy following mass protests in 2013, and the eighth since the January 25 revolution in 2011.
      Voter turnout peaked in the parliamentary elections in 2011, reaching 62%, but it has been dropping since.

      Battling disappointment

      "Almost five years now since the uprising of January (2011), the disappointment has sunk in finally," publisher and political commentator Hisham Kassem said. "The expectations were very high and not much came out. In fact, living conditions basically deteriorated for most of the Egyptians on all levels."