10,000 schools get 5 days off for Egypt’s presidential elections: Ministry

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Nov 2023

Egypt’s Ministry of Education has decided that students and teachers in 10,085 schools nationwide will be granted up to 5 days off during the voting period of the presidential elections on 10-12 December.

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


The ministry issued a statement, reviewed by the Al-Ahram Arabic news website, to vacate all schools hosting presidential election committees on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 10-12 December.

During this period, there will be no educational activities at those schools, meaning students will have a break, according to the ministry statement.

In 14 governorates where there is already a day off on Saturdays, students and teachers will have a continuous break for five days. Students of schools in these governorates will be absent on Friday and Saturday, 8-9 December, in addition to the three election days.

These governorates include Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Qalioubiya, Sharqiya, Gharbiya, Menoufiya, Damietta, Port Said, Suez, Red Sea, New Valley, South Sinai, and Matrouh.

As for students in other governorates, they will only be absent for three days, which are the voting days in their schools. This is because they attend school on Saturdays.

These governorates include Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, Aswan, North Sinai, Kafr El-Sheikh, Beheira, and Ismailia.

Eligible voters can inquire about their electoral committees and polling stations by entering their 14-digit national identification number on the NEA website.

Egyptian expats will be able to cast their votes abroad from 1-3 December at the nearest embassy or consulate.

The final result will be announced on 18 December if no run-off is required.

The candidates running for the presidency include incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, competing for a third term in office with the electoral symbol of a star, as well as Farid Zahran, the leftist opposition Social Democratic Party candidate, represented by a sun symbol.  

The list also includes Abdel-Sanad Yamama, the candidate of Egypt's oldest liberal party, the Wafd, represented by the symbol of a palm tree, as well as Hazem Omar, the Republican People’s Party candidate, with a ladder symbol.

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