Just-married couples make it to polling stations on 1st day of voting



Tue, 27 Mar 2018 - 12:48 GMT


Tue, 27 Mar 2018 - 12:48 GMT

FILE - A married couple in Beni Suef cast their ballots in the Presidential

FILE - A married couple in Beni Suef cast their ballots in the Presidential

CAIRO – 27 March 2018: On their wedding day, several couples across Egypt made it to the polling stations to cast their ballots; another good reason to celebrate.

Before they went home after their wedding ceremony, a newly-wed couple in the Upper Egypt governorate of Beni Suef made a stop at a polling station to cast their votes in the presidential election.

The polling station was about to close, but they insisted that they wanted to enter and cast their votes, as they wanted to do something special together for their big day, according to media reports.

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FILE - A married couple in Beni Suef cast their ballots in the Presidential

Governor of Sohag Ayman Abdel Moniem sent a cable of congratulations to the wedding couple that was spotted at a polling station to cast their votes prior to their wedding.

In a press statement on Monday evening, Abdel Moniem welcomed the couple’s move, confirming that the couple is well-aware that the election is a deterrent to terrorism and hostile attempts hatched against the state.

Due to his love for President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the groom, named Mustapha Ahmed, said that he suggested to his bride that they should cast their votes together, and she instantly agreed.

A married couple in Sohag pose for the cameras as they cast their ballots in the Presidential Election on Monday

Another married couple made it to the polling station only few minutes before it closed its doors.

Amid the sweeping joy, the newly-married couple, who are residing in Behira governorate, took memorial pictures with family and friends accompanying them.

In another extraordinary moment, a couple in Quenna decided to hold off their wedding ceremony until the election date.

Mohamed Abdel Latif, 24, said in press remarks that he traveled abroad to work and get the money he needed to marry his sweetheart. The first thing he wanted to do with his bride after marriage was to practice their constitutional right and partake in the electoral vote.

FILE - In Quenna, a bride

Dancing to Nubian and traditional love songs, a couple was celebrating their wedding in front of a polling station in Aswan.

In press remarks, the couple said that they wanted to make their big day “memorable” and that they decided to have their wedding day held on the first day of the presidential vote.

The three-day Egyptian presidential election commenced on Monday as polling stations started to welcome voters at 9 a.m.; the voting proceeds until 9 p.m.

According to the National Election Authority, 18,000 judges are observing the vote, with nearly 110,000 election officials deployed to ensure that voting procedures are properly followed.

A total of 54 local organizations, nine international organizations and 680 foreign correspondents received permits to observe the electoral process in Egypt.
The winning presidential candidate is due to swear in this coming June.



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