CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab announced on state-run television Monday that Tuesday, the second day of Egypt’s presidential election, has been declared a national holiday for government employees.
“In compliance with public demand, the government decided to make Tuesday a national holiday in order to boost voter turnout in the presidential election,” Mahlab said.
He also announced a decision to extend voting Tuesday by one hour, with voting stations now closing at 10 p.m.
Egypt’s government employees are estimated at 6 million people.
As polling stations closed their doors at 9:00 p.m. on the first day of the presidential election, initial indications of voter turnout are inconsistent. Some believe voter turnout was low due to an abrupt rise in temperature which ranged from 20-39 C across the nation Monday.
However, the High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) has not issued any reports regarding statistics for the first day of voting.
Voting took place in 352 main polling stations, with approximately 131,000 substations across the country and more than 14,000 judges supervising the electoral process.
There are 53,909,306 eligible voters according to HPEC, with 59 percent of voters between ages 18-40.