Sunday، 25 March 2018 - 02:36 PM
The presidential election marathon starts on Monday 26/3/2018 for three days between incumbent President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Moussa Moustafa Moussa, the leader of Al Ghad Party.
Head of the National Election Authority (NEA) Lasheen Ibrahim urged all the Egyptians to practice their constitutional rights and participate in the presidential election scheduled for March 26-28.
Ibrahim said that it is time that the Egyptians can show to the whole world an image of their strife for democracy and the struggle against terrorism.
He further called on the Egyptian people to cast their ballots to choose a president of the country, describing the voting as a duty. He said the NEA has taken all necessary preparations for ensuring transparent elections.
- The General Command of the Egyptian Armed Forces announced that all arrangements are complete for organizing and securing the presidential elections. A released statement indicated that all arrangements for providing a safe atmosphere to voters to cast their ballots in the election are now complete in cooperation with the Interior Ministry agencies and other State departments concerned. The Armed Forces is participating in securing the elections with units of the Second Field Army and naval forces along with paratroops and rapid intervention forces, added the statement.
- Minister of Local Government Abu Bakr El Guindy said that all final preparations for the election have been fulfilled in coordination with all quarters concerned with the election process. He said an operation room has been prepared to follow up the vote around the clock to provide comfort for the voters and solve any problem hindering the process.
- Interior Ministry follows up measures aiming at securing the presidential elections via the ministry's smart system, especially the security sector's operation room, tasked with following up the presidential polls which kicked off on Monday 26/3/2018 and are scheduled to run for three days.
- Minister of Health and Population Dr Ahmed Emadeddin Radi said the ministry's crises management unit is following up what is going on in the polling stations all over the country through live transmission of satellite channels. In statements, the minister said the ministry focused on hospitals that may receive emergency cases and assured the presence of rare medical specialties on hand.
- Prime Minister Sherif Ismail leads a central operations room to follow up the elections process via "video conference" in all governorates as well as follow up with the Ministry of Local Development.
- Head of the National Election Authority (NEA) counselor Lashin Ibrahim called on all Egyptians across the nation to take part in the presidential elections that kicked off on Monday 26/3/2018 and will run for three days. Participation in presidential polls is a national duty, he said, stressing that the country will not rise up unless there is a strong and popular will. Ibrahim, in a word on the occasion of the start of elections, urged Egyptians to exercise their constitutional right to complete the march of development and defend the country from dangers besetting it.
- Head of Court of Cassation and Supreme Judicial Council Magdy Abu El Ela said that the operations room which was established to follow up the presidential election has started its work to assist the judges supervising on the electoral process and remove any obstacles facing them.
Monday March, 26
- Polling stations across the nation opened at 9 a.m. on the first day of the presidential elections.
- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi cast his ballot in the presidential election at a constituency in Heliopolis Cairo's district.
- African Union election follow-up mission inspects polling stations east Alexandria on the first day of the presidential elections.
- AL Assistant Secretary General for the Media Sector Haifaa Abu Ghazala already inspected a number of polling stations in Cairo.
- US Chargé d'Affaires in Egypt Thomas Goldbergerhas hailed the enthusiasm of the Egyptian voters and their patriotism. The US diplomat's statements came during a visit to a polling station in Sayyeda Zenab district in downtown Cairo in the first day of the Egyptian presidential polls.
- Presidential-hopeful Moussa Mostafa Moussa cast his vote at the presidential elections.
- National Elections Authority (NEA)'s spokesman Mahmoud el-Sherif said that the highest voter turnout on the first day of presidential election was in five governorates. The governorates are Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Sharqia and North Sinai. He hailed the keenness of Egyptians to go to cast their ballots in the polls.
- Head of the Cabinet Operation Room Brigadier General Ali Hareidi said work is regular at all polling stations in 27 governorates nationwide.
- Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar has inspected, from the operations room, measures to secure the presidential election which started Monday for three days. The minister got acquainted with the security plan in cooperation with the security directors across the republic. He issued directives to security officials to intensify the security presence and follow-up with eliminating obstacles hindering the casting process especially for the elderly and those with special needs.
- The operations room of the National Council for Women (NCW) received on the first day of presidential election 200 inquiries and 96 complaints, said chairperson Maya Morsi. In press statements, she added that the voting process meanwhile was regular and went on normally.
- SIS chairman Diaa Rashwan said that foreign reporters currently covering presidential election in Egypt are not facing any problems after the operations room of the State Information Service (SIS) has responded to all their inquiries. Rashwan said the operations room has just received 19 complaints from representatives of 110 foreign media outlets since the start of presidential polls earlier in the day and till 2 PM in Cairo, Giza and Alexandria governorates. He stressed that all these complaints have been solved in coordination with the National Election Authority and other bodies concerned.
- The Syndicate of Journalists has formed an operations room to follow up the electoral process and facilitate work of journalists covering the polls.
- Alexandria residents keen on casting their ballots in the presidential election that kicked off on Monday morning and set to run for three days.
-Turnout of the voters to the ballot stations in Sayeda Zeinab district.
- Huge turnout of elderly to vote in Haram polling station.
- Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria cast his vote in presidential elections.
- Minister of Trade and Industry Tariq Qabil cast his vote in the presidential election.
- Prime Minister Sherif Ismail cast his vote in the presidential elections.
- A festive atmosphere prevails polling stations in Suez.
- Head of the Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) Mohamed Omran cast his ballot in the presidential election.
- Parliament Secretary-General Ahmed Saad cast his vote during the first day of the presidential election.
- Ministers of health, housing cast their votes in the presidential election.
- Minister of Awqaf (religious endowments) Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa cast his vote in the presidential election.
- Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram cast her vote in the presidential election.
- Agriculture Minister cast his vote in the presidential election.
- Foreign Minister cast his vote in the presidential election.
- Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel Aziz cast his ballot in the presidential election.
- Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal cast his vote during the first day of the presidential election.
- Intisar El Sisi, spouse of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi cast her vote in the presidential elections.
- Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr cast her vote in the presidential elections.
- Huge turnout in Sohag polling station.
- Workers in the New Administrative Capital rally to vote in the presidential elections.
- Head of the Evangelical Church in Egypt Andrea Zaki cast his vote in the presidential elections.
- Huge turnout in Gharbia polling stations.
- Public Prosecutor Nabil Sadek cast his vote in the presidential elections.
- High turnout of women and elderly in Helmiet El Zaitoun and Ain Shams polling stations.
Tuesday March, 27
- Polling stations across the country opened their doors for voters wishing to cast their ballots on the second day of the presidential election, which is held under full judicial supervision.
- Minister of Local Development Abu Bakr el Gendy said that the process of presidential elections in all polling stations nationwide is moving smoothly. In press statements, he added that coordination is fully maintained by all State departments to ease the voting process. Gendy pointed out that he is closely following up the situation through the ministry's operations room. All polling stations opened their doors for voters on the second day of elections on time, he noted, adding that coordination is going on with all operations rooms in the governorates to remove any obstacle.
- Head of the National Elections Authority Counselor Lashin Ibrahim confirmed regular balloting at all polling stations across the country for the second day running. Polling stations were opened to voters at 9:00 am except for very few that were delayed for a few minutes and the authority contacted the supervisors and judges about the delay, he said in statements.
- Prime Minister Sherif Ismail inspected the operations room of the Cabinet's Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) to follow up presidential election. During his visit, Ismail reviewed efforts exerted by the bodies concerned to facilitate the voting process nationwide. He also ordered solving all problems facing voters to help them cast their ballots easily.
- Arab League (AL) Assistant Secretary General for the Media Sector Haifaa Abu Ghazala inspected a number of polling stations in el Sadat city in Menoufia. In a statement, Abu Ghazala said the AL mission will continue to observe the presidential election till the final results are announced on April 2.The mission will issue a final report on the electoral process at the end of presidential polls, she noted.
- Arab League (AL) Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit cast his vote in the presidential election in Cairo's Heliopolis district.
Wednesday March, 28
- Polling stations opened their doors on the third and final day of the presidential elections, held under full judicial supervision. Judges overseeing the polling stations resumed their work early in the presence of security troops and delegates of the two presidential candidates to ensure the safety of ballot boxes.