HPEC will not extend election days
The General Secretary of the High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) Abdel Azizi Salman - YOUM7/Hassan Muhammed

CAIRO: The General Secretary of the High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) Abdel Azizi Salman denied news reports that election days would be extended to Wednesday, adding that polling stations would shut their doors at 9 p.m.

In a phone call to Al-Nahar TV channel, Salman said the commission would hold a press conference or release a statement after closing the polling stations.

Hossam Kawesh, the Cabinet’s spokesperson, said Tuesday would be a regular working day, refuting rumors that the Cabinet would grant a one-day paid leave to state employees, Youm7 reported.

Administrative and Local Development Minister Adel Labib said the central operation room did not monitor any violations from the presidential candidates’ campaigns, Youm7 reported.

Labib held a press conference Monday afternoon at the ministry’s headquarters to announce reports about the electoral process in different governorates.

He said 12 polling stations did not open on time, citing the time it took judges to reach remote areas.

Labib added that 78,000 employees from the provinces and courts are working as assistants to the judges in the polls, saying that they would have the right to vote in “special polls.”

He said that the central operation room coordinates with other operation rooms in 27 governorates, the High Presidential Election Commission, the Information Center of the Cabinet, and other associated ministries, Sada al-Balad reported.

Labib had earlier announced that nearly 53,909,306 Egyptian people were eligible to vote in the presidential election, Vetogate reported.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Hassan.

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