CAIRO: The 2014 presidential elections scheduled for Monday and Tuesday provide a choice between only two candidates, Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi and former army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
This is the second presidential elections to be held since the January 25 Revolution in 2011. The first was held in May and June of 2012, when Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected president.
After one year in power, however, mass demonstrations led to Morsi‘s ouster by the military on July 3, 2013. The country then began a transitional period with a political roadmap scheduled to end with a new round of elections.
Today, a Presidential Election Law regulates candidates, campaigns, and voting. The Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) drafted the law, and interim President Adly Mansour passed it on March 8, 2014 to replace law No. 174/2005, which was issued under the 1971 constitution.
On March 30, 2014, the Presidential Electoral Committee (PEC) opened the door for candidate registration. Sisi and Sabbahi were the only two people able to fulfill the endorsement requirements.
Below, The Cairo Post answers some common questions about the elections.
When did expat voting take place?
Expat voting took place May 15 to May 18.
How many expats were expected to vote?
About 681,000 Egyptian voters around the world.
How many people voted, and for which candidate?
According to the High Presidential Election Commission, 318,033 Egyptian expats voted. Sisi earned 296,628 votes, and Sabbahi earned 17,207 votes. Of the total votes, 4,198 were voided.
When do polling stations in Egypt open and close?
Polls open at 9 a.m. The first to vote are the judges of the polling stations, followed by secretary members of the polling stations. Voting for all eligible Egyptians ends at 9 p.m.
How many polling stations will be operating?
14,352 polling stations.
How many judges will supervise the elections?
14,509 judges are expected to supervise countrywide.
Who is eligible to vote?
Egyptian citizens who are registered in the country’s database, who are at least 18-years-old.
How do voters know where their polling station is?
Voters may enter their 14 digit identification number on the Presidential Election Committee website to receive information on their polling station.
What paperwork is needed to vote?
Voters must present their ID card to vote.
Can voters use polling stations they are not registered in?
No. Everyone must vote in the same city that registered their ID card.
How many voters are registered in Egypt (according to their ages)?
4,076,157 voters from 18 to 20-years-old.
15,642,397 voters from 21 to 30-years-old.
12,038,017 voters from 31 to 40-years-old.
8,762,473 voters from 41 to 50-years-old.
6,682,040 voters from 51 to 60-years-old.
6,708,192 voters 61-years-old or older.
When will the official results be announced?
The official results are to be published in the state-owned newspaper Al-Wathaeq Al-Masrya over a five-day period, from June 1to June 5, for the first round. The newspaper will also announce the next president of Egypt then if there is no run-off election.