Day 3 begins: Egypt's 2024 presidential race enters final stretch

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Dec 2023

Egyptians queued up outside polling stations nationwide as they opened at 9am on Tuesday, the final day of the 2024 presidential elections.

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An Egyptian man casts his ballot during the presidential election, at a polling station in downtown Cairo on December, 2023. AFP


The voting process is currently proceeding smoothly, with all committees functioning regularly, said the Executive Director of the National Elections Authority (NEA) Ahmed Bendari during a video conference with the heads of electoral committees all over the governorates to follow up on the voting process on the third day of the elections.

Bendari pointed out that the last committee to open today, located in Warraq in Greater Cairo, opened at 10:20am instead of 9am, due to a traffic accident involving the committee's head.

Overall turnout is noticeable, but not dense, he added. 

On Monday, he said that approximately 45 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots by the end of the second day.

Around 67 million Egyptians are eligible to vote, according to the NEA, meaning that over 30 million people have voted.

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) reported a substantial turnout compared to prior elections and observed voters from diverse age groups throughout the day on Monday.

During the 2018 presidential election, 24 million people, or 41 percent of eligible voters, cast their ballot.

However, the EOHR received several reports of election irregularities during the first day.

They documented 12 violations inside and near polling stations in Cairo, Giza, Luxor, and Aswan.

These included overcrowding, delayed polling station openings, campaigns breaching electoral silence laws, campaigning in front of polling stations. and the distribution of goods and coupons by supporters of candidates to influence voters.

The Journalists Syndicate received ten complaints on Monday, mainly focused on photography restrictions inside and outside polling stations.

Incidents included assaults on journalists, delayed openings of polling stations, campaign violations, distribution of food and coupons, and restrictions on journalists within voting committees across Egypt.

Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sewilam cast his ballot in a subcommittee located at the British School in First New Cairo.

According to a statement by the ministry, Sewilam cast his ballot right after returning to Egypt from the ongoing 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) held in Dubai.

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