2020 Senate elections' participation rate reaches 14.23%, with 8M voters: Egypt’s NEA

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Wed, 19 Aug 2020 - 03:00 GMT

CAIRO – 19 August 2020: 8.959 million votes casted their ballots in the Senate elections according to Counselor Lashin Ibrahim, head of the National Elections Authority and deputy president of the Court of Cassation.

During a press conference to announce the 2020 Senate Election results, Wednesday, Ibrahim noted that the participation rate in the election has reached 14.23 per cent.

The total number of valid votes reached nearly 7 million votes, with an attendance rate of 84 percent, while the number of invalid votes reached nearly one million votes, NEA head added.

He announced that the run-off voting round for Egyptian expats will be on September 6 and 7, while the voting process locally will be on September 8 and 9.

Egypt’s NEA head said that 74 individual seats of the 2020 Senate elections were settled; while 26 other seats will be in in the run-off round. The 2020 Senate elections list candidates won their seats after obtaining more than 5% of registered votes.

About 11 political parties included in the ‘National List for Egypt’, which settled its seats in the 2020 Senate elections. The parties included: “Nation's Future Party, Homeland Defenders Party, Conference Party, Egyptian Social Democratic Party, Al-Wafd, Republican People's Party, Egyptian Patriotic Movement, Modern Egypt Party, Reform and Development Party, National Progressive Unionist Party, Elhorya ElMasry party, Coordination of Parties Youth and Politicians along with other politicians”

The only electoral list included 35 main candidates and other 35 alternates.

The 2020 Senate elections were held abroad on 9 and 10 August, while locally it was held on 11 and 12 of the same months.

Citizens and officials, including the President, were seen while casting their ballots in the elections of the re-instated Egyptian Senate, amid calls for citizens to practice their constitutional right for the vital role the Senate is expected to play in the political scene.

 

Wrap-up: Senate Elections: Egyptian citizens, officials practicing their constitutional right

Citizens and officials, including the President, were seen while casting their ballots in the elections of the re-instated Egyptian Senate, amid calls for citizens to practice their constitutional right for the vital role the Senate is expected to play in the political scene.

In June, The Egyptian Parliament gave a final approval on a draft law on the formation of the country’s reinstated Senate, in accordance with the 2019 constitutional amendments, which have been approved by a public referendum.

A total of 63 million Egyptian registered voters were entitled to vote in the 2020 Senate elections, distributed among 14 thousand and 92 sub-committees, under full judicial supervision, with the participation of 18,000 judges and the assistance of 120,000 employees.

On 9:00 PM, Wednesday, 12 August the polling stations closed, ending two-day vote inside the country, with promises by the National Elections Authority to apply fine on those who did not cast their ballot. Sorting process started.

“The fine stipulated in the Law on the exercise of political rights for those who fail to vote in the elections is an obligatory fine, same as any crime stipulated in the Penal Code,” Counselor Lashin Ibrahim, head of the National Elections Authority and deputy president of the Court of Cassation said in statements to the state TV.

 

LIVE UPDATE: Resident Egyptians cast ballots in Senate Elections 2020

CAIRO - 11 August 2020: Resident Egyptians began voting in Senate Elections 2020 on Tuesday. 21:00: Polling stations close their doors at the end of the first day of the Senate elections. 18:00: Attorney General Hamada Al-Sawi cast his vote in the ongoing Senate elections.

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.

 

 

LIVE UPDATE: Last day of Egypt's Senate Elections 2020 kicks off

CAIRO - 12 CAIRO 2020: The second and last day of resident Egyptians voting kicked off on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 9:00 p.m. A total of 63 million Egyptian registered voters are entitled to vote in the 2020 Senate elections, distributed among 14 thousand and 92 sub-committees, under full judicial supervision, with the participation of 18,000 judges and the assistance of 120,000 employees.

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