Delayed start of voting witnessed in some governorates: Maat

Ahmed Abbas
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The second round of parliamentary elections is being held in 13 governorates, including Cairo, Daqahleya, Menufiya, Gharbeya, Qaliubiya, Kafr Al-Shiekh, Sharqeya, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, South, and North Sinai.

In Daqahleya, there was a 26% eligible voters turn out on the first day. It reached 26% in the capital of Mansoura.

In Mansoura, the election paper contained a row on the paper with the word “excluded”, referring to one excluded candidate, which confused people since they thought that any name on that row was excluded.

One Mansoura candidate, Nouman Samir, decided to sue the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) for cancelling him from the election. “People think I am excluded,” he told Daily News Egypt.

Violations such as directing the voters to choose one candidate were observed in some polling stations in the governorate, according to Maat foundation.

Other polling stations opened late due to the judges arriving to the polling stations late. In Qaliubiya, one polling station was late in opening for the same reasons.

In Kafr Al-Shiekh, voters are choosing between 20 candidates to represent the governorate in the next parliament. Governor Osama Hamdy commented to local media regarding the delay in some polling stations, saying one judge had a car problem.

Hamdy told a local TV station that the elections are going well on the second day.

In Gharbeya, the turnout on the first day reached 15%. One polling station was delayed in the city of Mahalla.

In Damietta, security forces removed several signs of one candidate in front the polling station. Security said any person wearing shirts with print of the candidates’ pictures as any electoral campaigning inside the pollig stations is illegal.

The turnout was below average in the governorates of Port Said, Daqahleya, and Sharqeya, according to the Maat foundation’s monitoring report.

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Ahmed Abbas is a journalist at DNE’s politics section. He previously worked as Egypt based reporter for, and interned as a broadcast journalist at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. Abbas is a fellow of Salzburg Academy of Media and Global Change. He holds a Master’s Degree of Journalism and New Media from Jordan Media Institute. He was awarded by the ICFJ for best public service reporting in 2013, and by the German foreign office for best feature in 2014.
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