NEC will hold me­dia ac­count­able for pub­lish­ing ru­mours about elec­tion

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Sarah El-Sheikh

The Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (NEC) will hold any me­dia out­let ac­count­abile for pub­lish­ing any false in­for­ma­tion about the 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, said the com­mis­sion’s head, Lasheen Ibrahim, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Wednesday, the third day of the elec­tion.

He also said that cit­i­zens’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion is the most suc­cess­ful and ef­fec­tive method to con­firm Egyp­tians’ choice of democ­racy as the ba­sis of their sys­tem of gov­er­nance.

“[Nei­ther] the home­land nor can­di­dates are the big­gest loser of not vot­ing in the elec­toral process,” he said, stress­ing, “vot­ing is one of the most im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal rights of cit­i­zens.”

Mod­er­ate turnout con­tin­ued on the third and last day of the elec­tion that will de­ter­mine Egypt’s leader for the next four years. De­spite the Egyp­tian Me­te­o­rol­ogy Author­ity hav­ing warned of bad weather on Wednesday, the ma­jor­ity of polling sta­tions across the coun­try were not im­pacted, and con­tin­ued re­ceiv­ing vot­ers.

Two can­di­dates are vy­ing for the pres­i­dency, in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi and El-Ghad Party leader Moussa Mostafa Moussa. Vot­ing took place at 13,706 polling sta­tions in all 26 gov­er­norates.

More­over, dur­ing the con­fer­ence, NEC spokesper­son Mah­moud El-Sherif re­sponded that the com­mis­sion is the only en­tity au­tho­rise to is­sue any state­ment about the elec­tion or the im­pos­ing of fines on any­one who did not vote in the elec­tion.

This came in re­sponse to dif­fer­ent me­dia out­lets re­port­ing that cit­i­zens who did not vote will have to pay a fine of EGP 500.

Sherif also said, “the im­pos­ing of fines is stip­u­lated by the law, with a fine of up to EGP 500 in case of ab­stain­ing with no ex­cuse,” adding, “the ap­pli­ca­tion of the law and its ac­ti­va­tion is very im­por­tant be­cause we are in a state of laws.”

El-Sherif also said, “the mas­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion pushed the en­e­mies of the home­land to pro­mote lies and ru­mours, to drive vot­ers to lazi­ness and not to go out to vote.”

Fur­ther­more, El-Sherif said that pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have the right to ap­peal the re­sults within 48 hours of their an­nounce­ment, and that the process of count­ing votes will take place over five days.

Regarding me­dia cov­er­age of the elec­tion, head of the State In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, Diaa Rash­wan, said, “the cov­er­age was pos­i­tive as it pre­sented dif­fer­ent me­dia re­ports to show the cer­e­mo­nial man­i­fes­ta­tions of the var­i­ous con­stituen­cies in the ma­jor­ity of Egyp­tian cities.”

Vot­ing took place at 13,706 polling sta­tions in all 26 gov­er­norates

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