An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling station in the Zamalek district of Egypt s capital Cairo during the presidential elections on December 11, 2023. Egyptians went to the polls on December 10 in a presidential election overshadowed by war in neighbouring Gaza and with little doubt the incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would secure a third term. AFP
All electoral subcommittees opened on time, except for one in north Cairo's Shubra district, which experienced a minor delay before resuming operations this morning.
The head of the National Elections Authority (NEA) Judge Hazem Badawy affirmed the NEA's keenness to closely follow the voting process across all electoral committees, in all governorates, at all times.
Badawy also expressed the NEA's readiness to receive and address any complaints.
The NEA has more than once called for reserve judges to be posted to some crowded polling stations, to speed up the pace of the voting process, Badawy stressed.
The head of the NEA emphasized that full judicial supervision of the electoral process is the cornerstone of a transparent and fair vote, joined by observers from local, Arab and international civil society and news media.
National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) President Moushira Khattab said the council has not received any complaints over violations of the electoral process.
The NCHR, Khattab said, has been monitoring the election through its board members and its 11 governorate branches.
All necessary support has been provided to facilitate voting by disabled and elderly voters, she pointed out.
According to the Egyptian State Information Services (SIS), foreign media outlets have widely acknowledged the high turnout at polling stations, despite the economic challenges facing Egyptians.
International reports have mentioned the aspirations of Egyptians for the president-elect to address issues such as inflation, the shortage of foreign currency, the negative repercussions of the war in Gaza on the Egyptian economy, and potential threats to Egyptian national security.
The Egyptian Center for Thought and Strategic Studies (ECSS) issued its third report monitoring the 2024 presidential elections, confirming its smooth progress.
The ECSS noted significant participation by youth and women on the second day of voting.
Several public figures and statemen cast their votes today, including Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said and Minister of Military Production Mohamed Saleh El-Din.
Polling stations are set to close at 9pm.
A total of 67 million Egyptians are eligible to vote in the three-day elections.
The electoral process is being supervised by 15,000 judges assigned to 11,631 sub-committees across 9,376 polling stations countrywide.
The presidential candidates, including the frontrunner and incumbent president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, cast their votes early on Sunday at their respective polling stations.
El-Sisi, seeking reelection for the third time under the star symbol, faces competition from three other candidates in this election.
Among the contenders is Farid Zahran, the leader of the leftist opposition Social Democratic Party, with the sun as his electoral symbol; Abdel-Sanad Yamama, who represents the Wafd party and whose electoral symbol is the palm tree; and Hazem Omar, the candidate from the People's Republican Party who uses the ladder as his electoral symbol.