Egypt's Minister of Interior reviews presidential elections' security plan with top police officials

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Mar 2018

Egypt's Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar chairing a top security meeting to review presidential elections security plans on Thursday ( Photo: Ministry of Interior)

Egypt's Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar on Thursday met with a number of ministry officials and high-ranking police officers to review the nationwide security plan for the upcoming presidential elections, which are scheduled from Monday to Wednesday, 26-28 March.

The meeting was held at the ministry's information and crisis management center in Cairo.

Abdel-Ghaffar warned that security apparatus will deal firmly and decisively with any attempts to disrupt the elections or target vital state institutions with attacks.

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Moussa Mostafa Moussa, the head of Ghad Party are the two candidates in the elections.

According to the National Elections Authority, 59 million Egyptians out of a population of 104 million are eligible to vote.

Egyptians abroad voted in consulates worldwide 16-18.

During the meeting, the minister received a comprehensive explanation of the security plan, which was drafted in full coordination with the armed forces to ensure the safety of citizens during the three-day election process.

Abdel-Ghaffar followed up via video conference with other security directorates on security plans for main electoral sites and vital facilities during the elections.

He also reviewed plans for the protection of polling stations and procedures to secure main roads leading to polling stations across the country.

The electoral silence period is set for 24 and 25 March.

In the case of no run-offs, the winner of the elections will be announced on 2 April, 2018.

In the last presidential elections in 2014, El-Sisi won in a landslide after he secured 96 percent of the vote over his sole competitor, leftist politician and leader of the Egyptian Popular Current, Hamdeen Sabahi.

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