Ministry of Electricity works to avoid outages on election days
Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy finalized its plans to cover all polling stations across the country in preparation for presidential elections on May 26 and 27,  Youm7 reported Saturday.

The ministry announced it had backup plans in case of a power outage, through the establishment of operation rooms in all electricity distributing companies, as well as being on alert in case of technical issues that would occur on election days.

The ministry has also exempted polling station from strategic power outage designed to reduce energy loads, which have been applied on houses and factories during the past few weeks.

Meanwhile, the electricity crisis continues, with regular power outages for hours at a time. The ministry announced its resolution to divide power cuts between houses and factories throughout the week, to reduce electricity loads.

On Friday, the governorate of Port Said announced a technical problem in one of the distribution lines. Residents complained from having no electricity at least three or four times a day, for more than two hours each, which has damaged some of their food and equipment, Al-Badil news website stated.

While the ministry has been reporting on daily reductions between 1,000 and 2,000 MW, Al-Masry Al-Youm published an article Friday stating that the ministry has been providing “faulty” reports about electricity consumption and reduction rates.

Comparing the ministry’s reports on May 11 to those of the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) and the Electrical Transmission Company (EETC), EETC said there was a shortage of 3,700 MW, CPA said 350 MW, while the ministry did not report on any shortage, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Additional reporting by Rahma Ramadan.

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