“So far so good; I have been touring the voting stations since 7:30am (half an hour before the official beginning of the voting process) and I have not encountered any problems,” reported Mounir Fakheri Abdel-Nour, Al-Wafd Party candidate for the Upper Egypt district of Gerga.
Speaking to Ahram Online by phone from Gerga, Abdel-Nour said that his representatives have been allowed easy access to the voting stations and that his supporters have not been subject to any inhibiting actions by security. “Things are going well and I don’t anticipate problems,” he said.
Speaking from the Lower Egypt district of Qalyoubiya, Mona Makram Ebeid, another candidate for Al-Wafd, also sounded satisfied with her experience of today’s parliamentary elections.
“The process itself is going very well; supervisors of the voting stations and security officers on duty are showing a great deal of respect and discipline, and I have not encountered any hassle; rather the opposite, everybody is being helpful,” Ebeid said by phone.
Ebeid’s complaint, however, is placed elsewhere: “There is not a big turnout.”
This Wafdist candidate would have liked to see more significant participation. When she spoke to Ahram Online at around 3pm Cairo local time she was hoping that “maybe more people will come to vote” before the polls close at 7pm.