CAIRO: The High Presidential Elections Commission extended presidential voting to a third day to give non-local voters a chance to cast their vote, HPEC representative Tarik Shebl told The Cairo Post Tuesday.
Voting will now end on Wednesday evening.
An estimated 7.5 million non-local voters were not able to cast their ballots in Egypt’s presidential elections, the International Election Observer Mission (IEOM) said in a Tuesday statement.
“The extension aims to allow more voters to cast their vote, and to give them the chance to return to localities where they are included in the voters’ lists, Shebl said.
Shebl also said voting was extended due to high turnout Tuesday evening.
The IEOM, operating especially in Cairo, Giza, South Sinai, Alexandria and Asyut, recorded many complaints lodged by non-local voters indicating they were not allowed to vote in the presidential elections Monday and Tuesday. To vote in a new locality, voters had to register in that locality a month before the elections.
Likewise, the National Council for Women (NCW) in Ismailia received 800 complaints from non-local voters claiming the judge refused to allow them to cast their ballots. The NCW filed the complaints on the alleged violations to the presidential advisor on legal affairs, HPEC and the human rights sector at the Ministry of Interior.
HPEC previously said in a statement early Tuesday that allowing non-local voters to vote in any polling station where they are not registered would harm the validity of the whole electoral process and lead to its cancellation.