Morocco went for an election on Friday likely to see a strong showing by a moderate Islamist party, but the poll risks being marred by low turnout with a pro-reform movement calling for a boycott.

The polls are the first since a new constitution, proposed by King Mohammed VI as regimes in nearby countries were being swept away in the Arab Spring uprisings, was overwhelmingly approved in a July 1 referendum.

The amended constitution gives more powers to Parliament and the Prime Minister, who now must be appointed by the King from the party which wins the most seats in the assembly.