FILE - Officials count ballots after polls closed in Zagazig northeast of Cairo on Dec.15, 2012- Reuters FILE - Officials count ballots after polls closed in Zagazig northeast of Cairo on Dec.15, 2012- Reuters

Primary courts send referendum result to Election Authority

Tue, Apr. 23, 2019
CAIRO – 23 April 2019: The National Election Authority (NEA) received on Tuesday the voting reports of by the primary courts nationwide, after counting votes in the referendum held recently on some constitutional amendments.

Egypt Today could find that the results of the referendum held in a number of border governorates including New Valley, North Sinai and Aswan have been sent to the NEA. This means that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, will expectedly receive reports of the results of the vote in all governorates later on Tuesday.

Ballot counting for a referendum on 14 amendments to the Egyptian constitution began late on Monday after polling stations nationwide closed their doors.

The National Election Authority stated results of the voting process will be announced shortly after ending the three-day voting.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of the NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process have been submitted so far.

The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."
 
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