Egypt's 1st day of senate elections concludes; voting to be resumed Wednesday



Tue, 11 Aug 2020 - 08:43 GMT


Tue, 11 Aug 2020 - 08:43 GMT

CAIRO – 11 August 2020: The first day of the 2020 Senate election has concluded after witnessing high to medium turnout all over the country. The second and last day of voting will start Wednesday at 9 a.m. and last until 9 p.m. of the same day.

Counselor Lashin Ibrahim, head of the National Elections Authority and deputy president of the Court of Cassation, said that work inside all polling stations went smoothly, on the first day of the 2020 Senate election.

Some 163 international institutions along with local media outlets covered the election in which 787 candidates are competing.

The Senate is the upper chamber of the Parliament, which was reinstated as part of constitutional amendments that passed in a referendum in 2019, in replacement of Shura Council, which was dissolved in 2014.

The voting process kicked off at 9 a.m. as scheduled by the Supreme Elections Committee. Queues of voters wearing medical masks and holding disinfectants were seen outside polling stations in different governorates; floor marks keeping social distance for voters were seen at some polling stations. 

Noticeable turnout by elderly voters was seen during the early hours of the day. 

A total of 63 million Egyptians are registered voters, and entitled to vote in the 2020 Senate elections, where they will cast their votes at 14,092 sub-polling stations. The judicial supervision of the voting process is assigned to 18,000 judges and 120,000 employees.

On Monday, Egyptian expats concluded 2-day voting process in 124 countries via mail. The final results of the Senate elections will be announced on August 16.

In case of a re-election, elections will be held abroad on Sunday and Monday (September 6 and 7), and in Egypt on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 8 and 9).




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