Cairo: Egyptians turned out to vote again on Wednesday in the run-off of a staggered election marred by deadly clashes between protesters and security forces that have left 14 people dead in five days.

Polling stations opened at 8:00 am local time in a third of the country's 27 provinces with a visibly lower turn out than previous rounds.

The run-off in the second round of legislative polls, which takes place over two days, will see the two largest Islamist parties go head to head for 59 seats of the lower house.

The ruling military has decided on a complex election system in which voters cast ballots for party lists, which will comprise two thirds of parliament, and also for individual candidates for the remaining third of the Lower House.

On Wednesday, voters are choosing individual candidates in nine provinces as well as party lists in three provinces where voting was postponed due to administrative problems in the opening phase.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has repeatedly pointed to the elections, the first parliamentary polls since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak in February, as proof of its intention to hand power to civilian rule.

The procedure to elect a full assembly ends in March.

Presidential elections are expected by the end of June.

The elections have exposed a deepening rift among Egyptians who see them as the first step to democratic rule and those who say the new parliament -- whose function remains unclear -- leaves control in the hands of the military.

(Agencies)