CAIRO: Thirty voting irregularities have been reported so far on the first day of the presidential elections in the areas of Giza, Dakahlia, Minya, Sharqia, Asyut, and areas in Cairo, the Ibn Khaldoun Center announced Monday.
Voting cards were reported stolen from a polling station in Asyut, but new cards printed with the same serial numbers; moreover, a protest organized in Beni Sueif (South of Cairo) and the demonstrators raised banners against the military and tried to prevent the voters to reach the polling stations, Joint Mission to observe the Egyptian Presidential Elections in Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights Monday said in a Monday statement.
The Ibn Khaldoun Center, which is monitoring the election, said presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s campaign denied Sisi was attacked by a man during casting his vote in Heliopolis.
An intense security presence did not deter a high turnout to polling stations, said Maat, adding that turnout was not heavy in the morning but the numbers of the voters is increasing, especially in Giza districts like Haram, Ayat, El-Hawamdeyya; Arbaein of Suez.
The mission also noted that large number of women showed up to vote, especially in Cairo and Giza, although turnout in Upper Egypt was low.
Center head Dalia Zeyada told The Cairo Post Monday campaigning before inside the polling station is a violation of the law, but using social media on the official websites of the candidates is permitted.
The polls are scheduled to close Tuesday evening, and official results will be announced June 5.