Ex­ten­sive turnout in six gov­er­norates across Egypt: NEC

The Daily News Egypt - - Election - By Fatma Lotfi

The Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (NEC) said on Mon­day that ini­tial in­di­ca­tors showed high voter turnout on the first day of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion be­tween in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi and politi­cian Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

NEC spokesper­son Mah­moud ElSherif said at a press con­fer­ence that polling sta­tions wit­nessed ex­ten­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion in Cairo, Giza, Alexan­dria, Qa­lyu­bia, As­siut, Aswan, and North Si­nai, not­ing that the in­ten­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion, es­pe­cially in North Si­nai de­spite its se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion, has sent a strong mes­sage of re­sis­tance against ter­ror­ism. He also added that the com­mis­sion has not yet re­ceived any com­plaints.

“We ob­served some sim­ple prob­lems with non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) re­spres­nta­tives, as they didn’t hold li­censes to mon­i­tor the elec­tion,” said El-Sherif, adding that judges have al­lowed all can­di­dates’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives and NGOs to fol­low the elec­toral process in­side polling sta­tions.

El-Sherif pointed out that the elec­tion is be­ing su­per­vised by 18,000 judges and 110,000 ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tants at 13,706 polling sta­tions in 26 gov­er­norates across the coun­try. He fur­ther said that most polling sta­tions opened their doors on time, ex­cept for 12 that were de­layed for var­i­ous rea­sons.

The NEC ear­lier an­nounced a hot­line num­ber,19826,for re­ceiv­ing vot­ers’ com­plaints through­out the three days of vot­ing, which ends on Wed­nes­day.

The NEC said it has not yet re­ceived any se­ri­ous com­plaints

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