CAIRO: Monday is the first day of voting in the presidential election, in which Egyptians will choose between Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the heavy favorite to win, and challenger Hamdeen Sabbahi. Here are the live updates:
20:11 Ministry of Health announces that two people died and 29 others fell ill inside of polling stations in 12 governorates during the first day of the presidential election. The ministry said the two deaths were from natural causes and the illnesses ranged from fainting, dizziness and nausea.
20:40 Security forces at Sinai’s city of Arish declared a state of emergency following information that Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis will bomb a poll station.
20:31 A Bomb Squad team defused an improvised bomb near a poll station in Sharqiya.
20:23 A Bomb Squad team defused three improvised bombs near the security department of a school in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Assiut.
19:55 Giza security forces arrest 15 suspects in possession of firearms “attempting to hinder the electoral process.”
19:38 Security forces in Giza’s northern district of Awsim foiled a protest by Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
19:37 Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab inspected several poll stations in Giza’s southern districts of Haram and Kerdasa.
19:31 High Presidential Election Commission excludes two judges at a poll station in Sharqiya for directing voters.
19:28 Egypt’s Prison Authority declines request to vote that was filed by the two sons of former president Hosni Mubarak, Alaa and Gamal, who are currently imprisoned.
19:18 Bomb Squad team at Upper Egypt’s governorate of Minya defused an improvised bomb found in front of Mallawi Bishopric.
19:00 Interior Ministry Spokesperson Hany Abdel Latif announced that 42 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were arrested for inciting violence and hindering the electoral process.
18:41 Unidentified assailants opened fire on security forces positioned in front of a poll station in Suez governorate. No casualties have been reported.
18:38 Five Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated administrative employees, who allegedly “hindered” the electoral process, were excluded from a poll station in Dakahlia governorate for directing the voters.
18:32 The Egyptian Red Crescent announced that it has identified six cases of people fainting while voting due to hot weather.
18:19 Dozens of pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters, in Cairo’s district of Al-Ameryah, set fire to tires in an attempt to cut off the road and hinder the electoral process.
18:17 Mario David, head of the EU observers commission, visits a poll station in Cairo’s district of Al Sayeda Zainab.
18:12 Operation room of Sisi’s electoral campaign claims that preachers at several mosques in Beni Suef governorate called on people to boycott the election.
17:49 Ministry of Health reported that 17 cases of people who felt sick inside poll stations have been monitored. It added that ambulances rushed to the poll stations and escorted the sick to the nearest hospitals.
17:19 Security forces at Qalyoubia governorate arrested two men, who reportedly belong to Sabbahi’s electoral campaign, for breaking the electoral silence period.
17:17 Security source said that unidentified assailants threw an improvised bomb at a poll station in Fayoum, 80 km south of Cairo. No casualties have been reported.
17:10 A voter was arrested in a poll station in Cairo’s district of Maadi for insulting the judges.
17:05 Operation room of Sisi’s electoral campaign said that a judge at a poll station in Cairo’s northern district of Heliopolis deliberately hindered the voting process.
17:05 Operation room of Sisi’s electoral campaign said a judge attempted to spoil the voting process by asking voters to tick two boxes. The campaign said that when its representative objected the judge kicked him out of the poll station.
16:33 Hamdeen Sabahi Electoral campaign claims that security forces assaulted the campaign’s representative at one of the poll stations of in Sharqiya governorate.
16:30 A woman filed an official complaint accusing the head of a poll station in Sharqiya of ticking on her ballot card in favor of one of the two presidential candidates.
16:25 Sisi’s electoral campaign said it monitored several cases of administrative employees directing the people to vote for Sabbahi and misleading voters by claiming that their names do not exist on the voters list.
16:16: High Presidential Election Commission: We do not intend to extend the voting process for a third day.
16:13: National Coalition to Support Legitimacy issued a statement praising what it described as the increasing boycott of the election by Egyptians.
16:05: AU delegation monitors the voting process in poll stations in Luxor.
16:00: Security forces defused a bomb in front of a poll station in Howamdeya, Giza.
15:36: Bar Association: Security forces arrested Sabbahi’s representative in a poll station in Giza.
15:35: Minister of local development: We have not identified any violations by the campaigns of the two candidates in front of poll stations.
15:30: Unknown individuals throw Molotov cocktail at a train in Sharqia, burn it.
15:27: High Presidential Election Commission replaces a judge at a poll station in Shubra, for demanding that citizens vote for Sabbahi.
15:25: Head of EU delegation: I visited eight poll stations and found no violations.
15:15: Egyptian Organization for Human Rights: We have not observed serious violations during the voting process.
15:10: Security forces defuse a bomb in front of a poll station in Fayoum for the third time on Monday.
15:05: Secretary of Alexandria’s Coptic Cathedral: “I failed to vote due to huge turnout and overcrowding at the poll station.”
15:00: A judge in Qalyoub expels Sabbahi’s representative from a poll station after a verbal clash.
14:50: Justice Ministry operations room: Slowness of electoral process is the main complaint of citizens during the first day of election.
14:40: Security forces arrest a number of citizens accused of attempting to undermine the electoral process.
14:30- Egyptian Organization for Human Rights: we witnessed the prevention of a number civil society organizations from entering poll stations although they had the required licenses.
14:20- Minister of Health: 17 injured so far in voting process.
14:10- Security forces arrested a civilian wearing the uniform of central security forces before a poll station in Kerdasa.
13:47- Tamarod: Muslim Brotherhood killed a member of Sisi campaign in Nahia, Giza, early Monday.
13:45- Endowment Minister: calls for boycotting the presidential elections contradict with Islamic law.
13:15- Catholic pastor in Minya: Muslim Brotherhood organized a protest in Delga to prevent the Copts from participating in the elections.
13:20- Ibn-Khaldoun Center: Nour Party attempts to launch indirect campaign to promote itself in the coming parliamentary elections.
12:57- Unknown people attempts to set fire to Sisi campaign headquarters Beheira.
12:45- Nour Party: Muslim Brotherhood organizes a human chain in Kerdasa to prevent the citizens from voting during the presidential elections.
12:40- Press Syndicate: the security forces arrested a journalist during covering the presidential elections.
12:40- Security forces dispersed two Muslim Brotherhood marches in Kerdasa and Omraneya in Giza attempted to suspend the elections process, Skynews Arabia reported.
12:27- Head of EU delegation: the presidential election is operating well and we are happy for monitoring the process, reported Sky News.
12:13: Unknown people threw Molotov cocktails at a poll station in Meit Ghamr, Dakahlia.
12:05: Sisi’s supporters launched a march in Mansoura and the security forces pushed away from polling stations.
12:00- Security forces defuse a bomb in Agouza tunnel, Giza and are combing the surrounding area.
11:55- Ibn-Khaldoun Center: the turnout witnessed notable decrease in a number of poll stations due to the high temperature.
11:52- Ibn-Khaldoun Center: Sisi’s campaign uses microphones in Mansoura to promote him
11:47- Clashes reported in Mansoura, injuring 5
11:30: Popular Current published a photo of security vehicles raising Sisi’s photos as they secured poll stations
11:30 Magdy Qorqor, leader of the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, told The Cairo Post they are planning protest marches far from polling stations today.
10:50: Minister of Defense Sedky Sobhy inspects a number of polling stations in Heliopolis and heard to the demands and proposals of the citizens
10:40- Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab reached to his poll station in Maadi to cast his vote
10:35- Security forces raised alert in North Sinai after a complaint about the existence of a car bomb in front of a poll station.
10:20- The Nour Party is providing buses covered with Sisi posters to transport voters to polling stations.
10:15- Civil defense forces defuse three bombs in Kafer Saad City, Giza
10:05- European Union monitoring mission visits polling stations in Beni Suef.
10:02- Muslim Brotherhood organizes a march in Belbeis, Sharqia
9:49- Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb casts his vote in Luxor.
9:45- President Adly Mansour calls for Egyptians to participate in the presidential elections to “build Egypt.”
9:38- Sabbahi before casting his vote to CBC: Egypt needs a “serious parliament to build serious democracy in Egypt.”
9:30- Bomb experts announced they had detonated a home-made explosive found near a Giza poll station in Awseem, reported Youm7.
9:30- Ibn Khaldoun Center says its observers prevented from monitoring voting from stations in Dakahlia governorate.
9:25- Interim President Adly Mansour arrives to vote in Heliopolis.
9:20- Bomb squads find explosives in a Damietta polling station.
9:20- Presidential Candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi casts his vote in Heliopolis polling station.
9:15- A protest was dispersed by security forces on Pyramid street in Giza.
9:15- Youm 7 reports a bomb in Mahalla, no injuries reported.
9:00- Polls officially open.
8:30- Sisi takes a helicopter to his polling station in Giza.
8:08- Minister of Defense Sedky Sobhy arrives at the Central Operation room to follow the electoral process.
7:50- Tires were set on fire in the Ring Road area of Kerdasa.