No reports of voter bribery during referendum: Egypt's NEA

Ahram Online , Sunday 21 Apr 2019

Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) says that it has not received any reports that voters were being bribed to cast their ballots in the ongoing national referendum on the amendments to the country’s constitution.

In a press conference on Sunday, the NEA's spokesperson Judge Mahmoud El-Sharif said that the authority would immediately deal with any electoral violations, including bribes, within the law, referring any violators to the prosecution.

On Saturday, several reports suggested that voters were receiving a food package in exchange for voting on the amendments, which would see an extension of President Abdel-Fattah's El-Sisi's term from four to six years.

Earlier on Sunday, polling stations opened for the second day to receive voters at around 10,878 central polling stations and 13,919 minor polling stations across the country.

Sunday also marks the third and final day of voting for Egyptians abroad, who started casting their ballots in Egyptian embassies and consulates at 9am local time in each country.

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