Talk Show Review: May 27
Talk Show - YOUM7 (Archive)
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

Monday evening talk shows discussed and analyzed the first day of the presidential election, and interviewed several officials. The Secretary-General of the High Presidential Election Commission stated on television that on Tuesday voting hours will be extended to 10 p.m.  

Here is a brief overview of the talk shows.

CBC  

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim spoke of several attack attempts that occurred on Monday morning, such as planted bombs, marches, and some clashes in the neighborhood of Kerdasa in Giza, Minya, Gharbia and Alexandria, and security measures undertaken to confront attempts to interrupt the election on the second day of voting.

Nasser Amin, a member of the National Council for Human Rights, spoke of several complaints regarding the procedures of elections, and the late opening or closing of some polling stations. Amin also said the next president should release non-violent prisoners detained since January.

Al-Hayat Al-Youm

Cabinet spokesperson Hossam al-Qawish said Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab called on private companies to give Tuesday off to employees so that they would be able to vote.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said the sons of former President Hosni Mubarak, Gamal and Alaa, are not allowed to vote because they have been sentenced by a criminal court in several cases.

State TV

In an interview, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab expressed his general approval of the first day of voting and offered his appreciation of the efforts of security forces.

Head of the National Council for Human Rights Mohamed Fayek said the council was able to handle most complaints by voters on Monday, according to the breaking news bar.

MBC Misr

The mother of Mohamed Fathy, a Tamarod member who was killed by gun shot this morning, said her son had received death threats on his phone.

ONtv

Osama Singer, head of the crisis management department at the Cabinet of Ministers, said there were no major obstacles affecting the election, and that small problems were contained.

TV host Yousry Fouda commented on the first day of voting, saying the Egyptian people are determined to go on with the road map and put end to the era of the Muslim Brotherhood.

TV host Ibrahim Eissa criticized those boycotting the election, saying they represent a minority.

Al-Nahar TV

Ministry of Interior spokesperson Hany Abdel Latif said citizens were cooperative with security forces during voting, adding that turnout increased after work hours ended, especially among women. Security forces were able to resist Brotherhood attempts to sabotage, he added.

Osama Singer, head of the crisis management department at the Cabinet of Ministers, denied that voting would be extended for an additional day, adding that any reported violations or complaints are being investigated. Singer added that higher turnout was expected.

Presidential constitutional advisor Ali Awad said turnout for voting was low, attributing the issue to high temperatures. He said turnout is expected to be high on the second day of voting.

Youm7 editor-in-chief Khaled Salah estimated the number of voters on the first day ranged between nine to 10 million, adding that the numbers were disappointing.

Dream 2 TV

Deputy head of Egypt’s High Constitutional Court (HCC) Tahani El-Gebaly expressed concerns about the HPEC’s procedures concerning expat votes, saying that not facilitating the process threatens to waste between eight and nine million votes.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said the Ministry of Transportation had planned to provide transportation for expat voters, adding that he is following up on how things went.

Additional reporting by Ayman Ramadan, Abdel Wahab Gendy, Hend Mokhtar, Samir Hosny, Rafida Awadein, Hagar Hossam, and Ahmed Abdul Rahman.

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