Interior Ministry to provide elderly with wheelchairs during elections
persons with special needs - YOUM7/Maher Iskandar

CAIRO: The Interior Ministry will provide wheelchairs to serve the elderly and persons with special needs during presidential elections, a security source said Sunday.

The step comes to facilitate and ease the voting process for citizens under the supervision of the human rights monitors,  the source added.

Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab reviewed Sunday the security report presented by Defense Minister General Sedki Sobhi and Interior Minister Mohamad Ibrahim on the preparations for the presidential elections. The cabinet said “the presidential elections will be a second step on the roadmap that was announced in the wake of the ouster of president Mohamad Morsi.”

Around 220,000 police personnel and 500 commandos are scheduled to secure the presidential elections next Monday and Tuesday, Assistant Minister of Interior Othman Abdel Fatah told MENA Friday.

The Ministry of Interior will deploy highly-trained forces at public facilities, like the headquarters of the Shura Council, the headquarters of the Egyptian Radio and the Television Union (Maspero), the Central Bank, and the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC), he continued.

The armed forces will participate in securing the elections with a total of 181,121 officers and soldiers across 25,343 polling stations, a military source told Youm7 Thursday.

On Wednesday, Chief of Staff Sedki Sobhi said the armed forces would confront any attempts against Egyptians during elections.

On Thursday, the pro-Muslim Brotherhood National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) called on its supporters to protest during elections. On Friday, demonstrations broke out in a number of places.

Egypt’s presidential election is scheduled to be held on May 26-27, the first since the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3. This year Egyptians are choosing between only two candidates; former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and ‏leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi.

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