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CAIRO - 8 August 2020: Head of the National Elections Authority Counselor Lashin Ibrahim announced on Saturday the end of campaigning for Senate elections 2020 and beginning of electoral silence as of 12 afternoons.
The NEA maintained an equal distance from all candidates vying in the closed-list and individual systems since the beginning of the campaigning period that kicked off on 26 July, Ibrahim said in statements.
He added that the NEA preserved neutrality towards all candidates to campaign through posters, billboards, loudspeakers, and social media, in line with their constitutional rights.
The NEA prohibited public meetings and conferences by candidates under the strict preventive measures of social distancing to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the authority noted.
The NEA allowed candidates to start campaigning on July 26, after announcing the final list of nominees, till 12 afternoons on Saturday, August 8, a day ahead of the beginning of voting by Egyptian expats on Sunday and Monday, Ibrahim added.
The Law on the Exercise of Political Rights No. 45 of 2014 stipulated a maximum penalty for anyone who neglects to adhere to the specified period for electoral campaigning and the start of electoral silence. Whoever violates the specified deadlines will be punished with a fine of not less than LE10 thousand and not more than LE100 thousand.
The Egyptian Senate election, due to kick off on Sunday for Egyptian expatriates in 124 countries, will be conducted via the mail, NEA announced.
The voters are not allowed to go to the embassies in the countries where they live to cast their ballots.
The decision has taken into consideration the restrictions and precautionary measures taken in most countries in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which would hinder the Egyptian voters’ attendance at the embassies’ premises.
Egyptian expats living abroad are expected to cast their ballots on August 9-10.
The National Election Authority, which is in charge of supervising the electoral process in Egypt, has excluded expats in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia from voting in the August Senate elections, due to unstable conditions of these states.
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