Mon, 11 Dec 2023 - 02:44 GMT
Mon, 11 Dec 2023 - 02:44 GMT
CAIRO – 11 December 2023: The Arab Organization for Human Rights has issued it’s first report on Egypt’s 2024 Presidential elections on Monday through using a random sample that includes 15 governorates, collected by 5 teams.
In its report, the organization noted several positive observations, including:
- The voting process was remarkably regular.
- People with disabilities adhere to the right to cast ballots.
- Huge turnout by women.
- Crowds were heavy during the first hours and the last hour of voting.
- Regularity of the voting process in all polling stations.
- Great security measures at polling stations.
- Facilitating procedures for voters without any complains.
- Availability of the capabilities to enable people with disabilities and elderly to cast their ballots.
- Availability of information and instructions in clear places outside the polling stations
However, some negative observations also were noted in the report, including:
- Delaying the entry of the organization’s members into several polling stations
- Disabling the organization’s members from entering number of polling stations in Giza Governorate.
- Lack of discipline within some stations (due to overcrowding).
- Supporters of some Presidential candidates gathered in front of some polling stations and songs were very loud near to the stations
- It was noted that the NEA Authority’s website was down for a short period of time.
During visiting one of polling station in El Rehab district in New Cairo, Head of The Arab Organization for Human Rights Alaa Shalaby, praised the progress of the electoral process.
He said that “things are going well, whether with regard to the opening timing of the polling stations, the turnout numbers, or the period of timings each voter’s is taking to vote.”
He added: “There was also a good opportunity to follow up on some matters related to people with special abilities, and other technical issues related to the voting process.”
Shalaby praised the idea of having a ‘judge supervising each electoral box’, which inspires great confidence in the process.
Head of The Arab Organization for Human Rights casted his ballot on Monday in a polling station in Madinaty Language School polling station at the First Settlement, New Cairo.
Egypt’s polling stations has started working regularly and smoothly on its second day of the 2024 Presidential Elections according to the Executive Director of the National Elections Authority Ahmed Bandari.
He added in a press conference on the biggening of elections’ 2nd day that all polling stations are working regularly and opened its doors exactly on time, except for one polling station at Shubra neighborhood that was late for only few minutes but have resumed its working flow naturally shortly later.
Polling stations have opened its doors for voters in the second day in a row in Egypt’s 2024 Presidential Elections. Egyptians have already lined up in front of the stations to cast their ballots since the early morning. Polling stations will be open from 9:00 am until 9: PM.
Voter turnout at the polling station on the first day of the three-day voting in the 2024 presidential election has exceeded all expectations, according to Ahmed Bandari, the Director of the Executive Body of the National Elections Authority in a press conference.
“Some polling stations continued their work after 9:00 PM due to the large number of voters arriving there,” he said, noting that a number of polling stations ran out of ballot cards and then were provided with new ones.
The number of citizens, who inquired about their polling stations through the official website of the National Elections Authority from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, exceeded 5 million people, compared with 1.3 million people in 2014, he added.
Voting kicked off on Sunday at 9 AM with thousands of polling stations spread nationwide opened their doors to around 67 million voters until 9 PM to choose between four candidates: incumbent President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who has been in post for two terms since 2014; Farid Zahran, head of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party; Abdel Sanad Yamama, Head of Al-Wafd Party; and Hazem Omar, head of the Republican People’s Party.
State officials and ministers have joined the masses of citizens casting their ballots at polling stations spread across Egypt, encouraging citizens to exercise their right in choosing their leader for the next six years.
At 9 AM sharp, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, president since 2014, voted in the elections. First Lady Entissar Amer has also cast her ballot in the same polling station in Heliopolis, Cairo.
The 2024 presidential election is the fifth multi-party presidential elections that the country has witnessed in its modern history. The 2024 elections gain their importance from being a major step in the country’s path towards democratic transformation, party pluralism and political competitiveness, which came after a year and a half of serious and unprecedented national dialogue, which included all components Egyptian political, union and civil society.
The 2024 Presidential Elections for citizens inside the country is taking place a few days after the three-day voting process for Egyptians abroad was concluded early in December.
The final result will be announced on December 18 if no run-off is required. Voting inside the country will take place from 10-12 December.