Maat poll: 83% of those eligible will vote in elections
An Egyptian casts his vote - YOUM7 (Archive)
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Of eligible voters, 83 percent are planning to vote in the upcoming presidential elections according to a report issued Friday by the Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights.

“Forty-seven percent of voters said that Egypt’s government is not biased and treats the presidential candidates equally,” Maat stated, adding that “3 percent of those who believe the electoral process is going well changed their mind compared to the previous poll.”

Maat did not specify its sample size, but asserted that “55 percent of the voters sampled believe the electoral process is going well and 41 percent  believe that the state media is not biased to a particular candidate with a 6 percent decline compared to the previous poll.”

A Baseera poll from May 14 reported that an estimated 87 percent of Egyptians planned to vote, and 76 percent of respondents said they would vote for Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

A total 15,397 judges will oversee the upcoming presidential elections slated for May 26-27, said the general secretary of the High Presidential Elections Committee May 1.

A source inside Maat Foundation told The Cairo Post Saturday that they would monitor Egypt’s upcoming presidential election as widely as possible throughout the country.

The HPEC officially announced on May 21 that 94.5 percent of Egyptian expat votes went to former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, while his rival, leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, received 5.4 percent of votes.

As Egypt prepares for the forthcoming presidential elections, several civil rights organizations including the Ibn Khaldun Center for Democratic Studies, the National Council for Human Rights and  Maat Foundation, are organizing teams to monitor the vote. The African Union, the Arab League, European Union and the Arab Parliament will also participate in monitoring.

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