Egypt's NEA has legal right to impose fines on citizens who do not vote in presidential elections: Spokesman

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Mar 2018

Egypt's National Elections Authority (NEA) maintains its legal right to impose fines on those who abstain from voting in the ongoing presidential elections, NEA spokesperson Mahmoud El-Sherif said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Since the 2011 revolution, the Egyptian government has said repeatedly during several elections that it would impose a fine of EGP 500 on citizens who do not vote. However, the fine has not been implemented so far.

El-Sherif said that all polling stations opened on time on the second day of the presidential elections, with the exception of two stations in Alexandria and Saloum.

The spokesman added that the electoral process has gone smoothly, and that the NEA has not received any complaints.

El-Sherif also said that a one-hour break from voting was cancelled on Tuesday after the NEA received complaints that the break, which was set for 3 to 4pm, was not convenient given citizens’ work hours.

The 2018 presidential elections, which started on Monday, will conclude on Wednesday, and the official results will be announced on 2 April.

Incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to defeat his lesser-known rival, the head of the Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa. If El-Sisi wins, he will serve his second and final four-year term as president, according to the constitution.

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