CAIRO - 9 December 2023: Egyptians are one day away from casting ballots to choose their next president as the voting process at home kicks off Sunday.
A week ago, Egyptian expats headed to embassies and consulates to participate in the presidential elections.
In this report, et provides its readers, the answers to all the FAQs related to the 2024 Egyptian presidential elections:
Q: What is the final list of candidates for the presidential elections?
A- Four candidates are running for president, namely presidential candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, candidate Farid Zahran, head of the Egyptian Democratic Party, candidate Abdel-Sanad Yamama, head of the Wafd Party, and candidate Hazem Omar, head of the Republican People’s Party.
Q: What are the electoral symbols of the candidates?
A- Presidential candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has the symbol of the star; presidential candidate Farid Zahran, head of the Egyptian Democratic Party has the symbol of the sun; presidential candidate Abdel-Sanad Yamama, head of the Wafd Party has symbol of the palm tree, and presidential candidate Hazem Omar got the symbol of ladder.
Q: How many voter ballots will be printed?
A- More than 67 million ballot papers will be printed, to meet the number of people who have the right to vote, according to the voter database.
Q: Who is responsible for securing the 2024 presidential elections?
A- The National Commission has identified 6 tasks for the Ministry of Interior in securing the presidential elections, including securing voters, preserving their safety, candidates and their supporters, as well as members of judicial bodies, electoral headquarters, the Commission’s headquarters, the electoral process’s supplies, publications, and papers, in addition to maintaining the security and safety of representatives of civil society organizations and the media personnel.
Q: When does voting take place in the elections inside Egypt?
A- Egyptians inside Egypt vote on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday (December 10, 11, 12).
Q: What is the method of voting in the presidential elections?
A- Egyptians vote by personally attending the subcommittee headquarters at the voter’s polling station on the days specified for voting, choosing the candidate they desires, and placing the ballot card in the box designated for that.
Q: How to inquire about the polling station in which the voter will cast his vote?
A- The polling station has finished distributing voters to the subcommittees, but inquiries can be made to the committee through 5 methods that will be activated during the electoral process, which are:
1- Through the Authority’s official website, “elections.eg”.
2- The Authority’s official page on Facebook, “neaegypt”.
3- Email “email@example.com”.
4- Directory inquiry service on line 141.
5- SMS inquiry service 5151.
Q: How many polling stations are there in the presidential elections?
A- At total of 9,376 polling stations.
Q: How many subcommittees are there for Egyptian voting inside Egypt?
A- A total of 11,631 subcommittees are available throughout the Arab Republic of Egypt.
Q: How many judges supervise the voting process?
A- 15,000 judges will be supervising the voting process at polling stations.
Q: How many diplomatic missions and embassies are accredited to follow up on the elections?
A- The Commission invited many embassies, and 24 embassies and 67 diplomats were accredited to follow up the electoral process.
Q: How many international organizations are accredited to monitor the elections?
A- 14 international organizations and 220 international followers have been accredited.
Q: How many local organizations and civil society institutions are accredited to follow up on the elections?
A- Six local organizations and 22,340 local followers were accredited.
Q: How many international media outlets follow the electoral process, and how many observers do they have?
A- 115 media outlets, including newspapers, channels and agencies, and permits were issued for 528 international media observers.
Q: How many local media outlets follow the electoral process, and how many observers do they have?
A- 70 media outlets, including newspapers, channels, and agencies, and permits were issued to 4,218 local media observers.
Q: What is the correct way to vote in the presidential elections so that the vote is not invalidated?
- The voter’s name must be registered with the election committee in which he will cast his vote.
- Provide proof of identity - national ID card or passport
- The head of the committee confirms his presence in the list of voters and the procedures are completed
- The voter receives a ballot card stamped with the committee’s seal or the signature of its head
- Voting will take place on one candidate out of 4
- It is necessary to avoid writing on the ballot card, choosing more than one candidate, or scratching the card so that the vote is not invalidated
- If the voter has special needs, he can express his choice of candidate in private to the head of the committee, who will record it on the card.
Q: Can voters vote in a governorate other than the governorate of his place of residence using his national ID card?
A- Yes, the Authority provides many means to facilitate the process for citizens.
Q: When does the vote counting process end?
A- The counting process ends, and is delivered to the general committees, besides the general committees’ decisions regarding objections and all issues related to the voting process, and the announcement of the numerical tally of votes on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
Q: When does the National Authority receive the appeals against the committees’ decisions and decide on them?
A- The Authority receives appeals in the decisions of the general committees on Thursday, December 14, 2023, and decides on the appeals submitted in the decisions of the general committees on Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16, 2023.
Q: When is the official election result announced?
A- The results of the presidential elections will be announced and published in the Official Gazette on December 18, 2023.
Q: When are appeals submitted against the final results of the elections? What is the authority responsible for receiving appeals?
A- The authority set December 19 and 20 to submit appeals and register them in the Supreme Administrative Court’s docket. The period for deciding appeals before the Supreme Administrative Court is 10 days, starting from December 21 until December 30.
Q: When will the first propaganda silence for the runoff elections begin?
A- The electoral campaign stops and the first period of propaganda silence begins on January 4.
Q: When will the run-off vote take place outside Egypt?
A- Runoff elections for Egyptians abroad begin on January 5, 6, and 7.
Q: When does the election campaign for runoff candidates stop?
A- The electoral campaign stops and the second propaganda silence period begins on January 7.
Q: When will the run-off round take place inside Egypt?
A- Run-off elections for Egyptians inside Egypt will be held on January 8, 9, and 10, with the sorting process ending and sending records to the general committees on all issues related to the vote on January 11.
Q: When will the final result of the presidential election runoff be announced?
A- The National Authority receives appeals against the decisions of the general committees on January 12 and decides on the appeals submitted against the decisions of the general committees on January 13 and 14, provided that the final results of the elections are announced and published in the Official Gazette on January 16.