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Nasser Nasser, Associated Press
Egyptian school children gather around a street vendor by electoral posters that read in Arabic, "Al-Nour Party, Ahmed Ibrahim Yousef," on a street in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Egyptians are set for another democratic landmark on Wednesday when the country will hold a second round of parliamentary voting, part of the first elections since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

CAIRO — Islamists and liberals are trading accusations of abuses during the second round of Egypt's first post-Hosni Mubarak parliamentary elections. Voting in this stage is taking place in mostly rural parts of the country.

Most of the reports Thursday accuse election officials at polling stations of allegedly filling out the ballots instead of the elderly or confused voters. If confirmed as a pattern, the reports could chip away at the credibility of Egypt's most free and fair vote ever.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, now leading the polls, and an alliance of liberal youth parties have filed complaints, saying officials at several stations are "dictating to the voters who to vote for."

But election official Abdel Moneim el-Halawani defended the officials, saying they are only "helping illiterate voters."