Egyptian Journalists Syndicate holds its mid-term elections on Friday to select a new head and half of the board members (Photo: Ahram)
The Egyptian Journalists Syndicate is holding its mid-term elections this afternoon to select a new head and half of the board members amid security boost. Turnout, however, is reportedly too low to complete the quorum so far.
The vote, already adjourned from March, owing to coronavirus concerns, is being held in a spacious open-air venue at the Teachers’ Club in Cairo’s El-Gezira.
In press remarks on Friday, the syndicate's undersecretary Khaled Miri said that, up until 1 pm, only 900 members have registered to vote at the mid-term elections.
A quorum of more than 25 percent must be present for the elections to take place, representing about 2,420 journalists.
Miri urged journalists voting at the election to abide by the precautionary measures against COVID-19.
The vote was initially scheduled on 19 March before the government had rejected the syndicate's proposal to hold the elections in tents put up outside the syndicate's headquarters in Downtown Cairo.
The syndicate had planned to hold the elections outside the syndicate’s premises to maintain the safety of voters amid the pandemic.
Candidates competing for the post of Syndicate Head are incumbent Chairman Diaa Rashwan, Talaat Hashem, Karem Yehia, Refaat Rashad and Mohamed Maghraby.
Some other 55 candidates are competing for six out of 12 board seats.