7pm News Wrapup May 27
By THE CAIRO POST

The first day of the 2014 presidential election came to an end Monday as polling stations closed at around 10 p.m., approximately an hour after they were scheduled to close. Here is the live update for Tuesday’s voting process.

The High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) extended on Tuesday voting to Wednesday.

Politics:

The High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) will put into force the articles of presidential electoral law which stipulate a 500 EGP ($71) fine on those who abstain from voting, Tariq Shebl, a commission official, said Tuesday on CBC TV channel.

“We will not allocate any polling stations for non-local voters during the second day of the presidential elections,” High Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) Tarik Sheble said in a press statement Monday. “We provided them with the opportunity to amend their residency on their identification cards.”

Ministry of Justice official spokesperson Abdel Azeem el-Ashry said the ministry did not receive “substantial” complaints that could affect the elections process.

Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies civil society organization created three surveys Monday, all which revealed that “14 percent of registered voters boycotted the elections, most of them Muslim Brotherhood related,” Ibn Khaldoun executive director Dalia Zeyada said.

A state of controversy was raised among experts and politicians over the low voter turnout in the presidential election.

News:

Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim confirmed Monday the death of Shadi el-Meneai, the suspect leader of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, denying the group’s statement that says he is still alive.

The General Organization of Cultural Palaces announced Monday the launch of the second festival of traditional and artistic crafts from June 2 until June 5. The festival will be held in October 6 City and aims to protect and develop artistic and cultural crafts.

Business:

The Cabinet submitted the final draft budget for FY 2014-15 that would raise state expenses by 10 percent, according Minister of Finance Hani Kadry Monday, coinciding with the first day of the presidential election.

The “buy on rumors sell on facts” sentiment and reports about low turnout stood behind the Egyptian Exchange’s decline on Monday, the first day of Egypt’s presidential election, technical analysts said Tuesday.

In-Depth:

There were 40 complaints reporting difficulties for physically challenged voters on the first day of elections at polling stations that lacked special preparations for them, head of elections chamber at National Council for Disabled Affairs Samy Ahmed said.

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