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Egypt’s Presidential Elections were held in a fair and secure climate: SIS Report

Wednesday، 13 December 2023 - 12:28 AM
Egypt’s Presidential Elections were held in a fair and secure climate: SIS Report

Egypt's State Information Service (SIS) followed the international media’s coverage of the presidential elections over the three days during which voting was held to elect a president from among the four candidates competing in these elections.

Journalist Diaa Rashwan stated that the monitoring  that was carried out by the Central Operations Room of the State Information Service, which included several thousand media materials that were published and broadcast in hundreds of media outlets in all major languages ​​in the world, confirmed that there was a media consensus that the elections were held in a climate of freedom and integrity, and no electoral violations were observed, whether by state agencies or supporters of the candidates, or attempts to influence voting trends.

Diaa Rashwan said that (528) correspondents representing (110) media outlets belonging to (33) countries around the world had carried out extensive field follow-up during which they visited hundreds of committees, and none of them faced any obstacles in performing their duties freely, nor did these correspondents observe any violations.

These reporters also did not observe any tangible electoral violations, which is considered an international testimony to the safety and integrity of the electoral process, in addition to the international media’s reference to the political connotation of this successful electoral process, as it combines “the imperatives of democracy and the requirements of stability.”

The report issued by the Central Operations Room of the State Information Service (SIS) indicated that the presidential elections (Egypt 2024), which took place internally for three days during the period from 10 to 12 December has received wide and intense coverage from the international media.

The following was observed in the international media coverage of the presidential elections during its three days:

First: The electoral process received an extensive coverage from the international media, major news agencies, news websites, and television and radio stations.

Second: In terms of geographical scope, media materials were monitored published in media outlets in the Americas, Europe, the Arab world, Asia, Africa, and various news sites.

Third: In terms of the diversity of media, interest in this event has extended to all types of international media, from news agencies to television stations, websites, newspapers, news sites, and others.

Fourth: Media means used a variety of journalistic and media forms to cover the event, starting with news within regular news bulletins, television reports, newspaper reports, and others.

Fifth: Thousands of reports and various media materials were monitored and published in media outlets in several countries on the continents of the world, including: the United States - Cuba - Canada - Russia - Italy - France - Britain - Spain - Germany - Switzerland - Saudi Arabia - the United Arab Emirates - Kuwait - Bahrain - Qatar - Sultanate of Oman - Lebanon - Jordan - Morocco - Algeria - Tunis- Libya - Syria - Sudan - Turkey - Iran - Israel - China - India - Pakistan - Malaysia - South Korea - Japan - Taiwan - Vietnam - Hong Kong - Australia - Nigeria - Ethiopia - Senegal... as well as various news sites

Sixth: It was also published in a number of international languages, including: Arabic - English - Italian - Spanish - French - Russian - German - Turkish - Chinese - Indian - Persian - European - Hebrew - Korean - and Japanese - and it is certain that publishing was done in languages ​​wider than that around the world, in less important media.

Seventh: In terms of the general trend of media coverage, the publication in its entirety was characterized by objectivity through the broadcast of comprehensive reports on the electoral process, the circumstances of its conduct and its course from the morning until the closing of the electoral headquarters at nine in the evening, while the non-positive aspects of the coverage were limited to indicating that the elections are being held in Economic conditions that many Egyptians are suffering from as a result of high inflation rates. The reports that most exaggerated this aspect were some European and American media outlets.

The most prominent observations on the international media coverage during the three election days were as follows:

- The electoral process proceeded in various parts of the Republic in an orderly manner, and it was observed that there were large crowds in front of the polling stations since the early morning during the three days of the elections.

- All sub-polling committees have opened their doors to voters, without a single exception, and it was amounted to 11,631 committees inside 9,376 electoral centers.

- Heavy publication of reports on the start of voting in the elections, with some information about the competition and the contestants. The number of published materials also doubled, especially in the American, European, Asian and Arab media, and one media outlet published several successive reports over the three days of the elections, as the American “Al Hurra” channel did. The Chinese "Xinhua" agency, the Turkish "Anatolia", Arab Gulf news agencies, and others.

-The international media flow continues throughout the three days of the elections in the form of news and reports from various international media sources, including news agencies, newspapers, websites, and television channels, especially through reports and interviews prepared by international media correspondents who follow the elections from Egypt.

-The electoral scene and the events of the three electoral days as a whole continued to be objectively and positively addressed, and there were no negative comments on the regularity and integrity of the electoral process and the position of all state agencies, as well as the freedom of movement of media professionals, reporters, observers and also candidates, without mentioning any single incident that marred the electoral process in which millions participate across the country.

- Highlighting the full security of the polling stations and the regularity of the entry and exit process for voters from the polling stations.

-Pointing out that there is a complete awareness and understanding among the Egyptian citizen of the importance of this constitutional entitlement, especially with the regional and security challenges surrounding the country.

-Many reports linked between the elections to the events in Gaza, indicating that the tension on the Egyptian border had a positive impact on the elections and the chances of presidential candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. This is explained by the parties’ activity in mobilizing voters’ votes, as well as the Egyptians’ awareness of the importance of participation due to the surrounding regional circumstances. There was also more than one indication that Egyptians were looking forward to the improvement of the economic conditions after the elections.

-There were indications (especially in the Arab and Asian media) of a 45% percentage of those who cast their votes by noon on the second day of the elections, according to what was announced by the National Elections Authority.

-In the media coverage of the third day of the elections, praise continued for the efficiency of the arrangements and the success of the organization of the electoral process as a whole, which led to facilitation for voters and the regularity of voting throughout the republic without any significant obstacles or negative events, as some newspapers (such as the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Nahar) reported the opinions of some monitoring and responsible organizations in Egypt about the integrity of the elections, the neutrality of the security services, and the success in organization, and  the Kuwaiti newspapers also reported the President of the Arab Parliament’s praise of the electoral process, which the Arab Parliament followed.

In terms of the topics that were covered, the international media highlighted the following points: 

- The voting process was regular in most polling stations that opened their doors to voters at nine in the morning, with “a high voting density during the first hour of polling stations opening.” Noting that the National Elections Authority has appointed more judges and reserve judicial body members to a number of subcommittees to speed up the pace of the voting process and reduce crowding in voter queues.

-It was highlighted that the four candidates cast their votes since the early hours of the morning, and they are: the late candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the head of the Republican People’s Party Hazem Omar, the head of the Wafd Party Abdel-Sanad Yamama, and the head of the Egyptian Democratic Party Farid Zahran.

- Noting that 15,000 judges from various judicial authorities and bodies will supervise the presidential elections within the country, including the heads of subcommittees or preservation committees, in addition to the participation of 14 international organizations in the work of following up on the elections, with a total of 220 observers, in addition to 62 local civil society organizations with a total of 22, 340 followers,” according to the agency.

-The strong presence of the Egyptian women in front of voting committees. As well as the presence of a large number of elderly men and sheikhs to contribute  in writing a new history of the Egyptian state, especially elderly women who were keen to accompany their grandchildren waving Egyptian flags, before the committees began their work. Several areas in Alexandria Governorate also witnessed election marches since eight in the morning on the first day to educate citizens and urge them to participate positively in the presidential elections.

- Highlighting the presence of queues of voters in front of the polling stations even before the ballot boxes were opened, as a large number of young men, women and the elderly also lined up in front of the polling stations.

-The international media also highlighted that the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza overshadowed the elections, as almost all of the Egyptians’ attention was focused on the war on the eastern border of their country and the suffering of Palestinian civilians in the coastal strip.

It also referred to the economic conditions that Egypt is suffering from due to the international and regional circumstances and before them, the Covid 19 virus.

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