Egypt will choose a 498-member parliament in the first elections after the ouster of Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11 in a popular uprising.
_ The three-stage election process begins Monday and continues Jan. 3. Final results are scheduled to be announced on Jan. 13.
_ About 50 million out of a population of 80 million are eligible to vote.
_ Two thirds of the seats are allocated to candidates running on party lists, while a third of seats are set aside for individual candidates.
_ Party lists must include at least one female candidate, but few women are placed high enough in the lists to have a serious chance of election.
_ The parliament's main task is to form a committee of 100 people to draft the country's new constitution.