Egypt’s State Information Service establishes operations room for 2024 presidential elections

Ahram Online , Friday 8 Dec 2023

Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) established a central operations room to monitor the voting of Egyptians in the 2024 Presidential elections, the head of SIS Diaa Rashwan announced in a statement on Thursday.

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File photo: A woman casts her vote during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Giza governorate, Egypt, October 19, 2015 (Reuters)

 

The operations room aims to facilitate the elections’ media coverage for foreign media representatives, and will operate around the clock during the three-day voting period, Rashwan explained.

The room also welcomes all questions and inquiries from foreign media outlets regarding the electoral process, in coordination with the National Elections Authority (NEA)’s central operations room.

On Wednesday, the NEA approved 24 embassies, 67 diplomats, and 220 international observers, along with 68 local organizations and 22,340 local observers to monitor Egypt's 2024 Presidential Elections.

The NEA has also approved 4,218 media observers – representing a wide range of agencies, newspapers, channels, and media outlets – to cover the upcoming elections.

Presidential elections will take place domestically from 10-12 December at 11,631 sub-committees set up across 9,376 polling stations nationwide, the NEA said.

The NEA has made all essential preparations to help citizens cast their votes, whether at polling stations or through its website.

Voting abroad was held from 1-3 December at Egyptian diplomatic missions across 121 countries.

Candidates running for the 2024 presidential race include incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who is running for a third term in office and whose electoral symbol is a star; Farid Zahran, the leftist opposition Social Democratic Party candidate with the sun as his electoral symbol.

Other contenders are Abdel-Sanad Yamama, representing the Wafd party with the palm tree as his electoral symbol, and Hazem Omar, the candidate from the People's Republican Party with the ladder as his symbol.

The election authority will announce the final results on 18 December if no run-off is required.

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