Citizens Surge to the Polls: Unprecedented Turnout Marks Third Day of Elections



Tue, 12 Dec 2023 - 05:37 GMT


Tue, 12 Dec 2023 - 05:37 GMT

The operations room of the electoral process at the Assembly Party reported a sustained high turnout of citizens at polling stations across all provinces, including those near the borders, on the third day of the presidential elections.

Mahmoud Eldesouky, the party's Secretary of Organization and head of the operations room, affirmed that citizens started gathering early in the morning, well before the official opening of the electoral committees. Notably, the participation of women and youth has been particularly prominent.

The operations room captured the celebratory atmosphere through popular marches expressing joy at the unprecedented scene in the history of electoral processes. Eldesouky highlighted the success of the media in showcasing this scene globally, confirming the unity of Egyptians, both as a people and under the leadership, towards the crucial goals of the current phase—preserving the state's unity and security.

The ongoing presidential elections of 2024 represent the fifth multiparty presidential election in the country's recent history. The significance of the 2024 elections lies in their role as a pivotal step in Egypt's democratic transition, embracing political pluralism and competition. This follows a year and a half of serious and unprecedented national dialogue involving various political, union, and civil society components.

The candidates in the presidential elections include Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, symbolized by the star; presidential candidate Farid Zahran, President of the Egyptian Democratic Party, symbolized by the sun; presidential candidate Abdel Sattar Yammama, President of the Wafd Party, symbolized by the palm tree; and presidential candidate Hazem Omar, symbolized by the peace sign.

The elections are taking place inside Egypt, with the scheduled timetable set by the National Electoral Authority spanning December 10th to 12th. Voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with December 13th designated for the completion of the counting process and sending reports to the general committees. The official announcement of the results is expected on December 18th.



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