CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab’s decision for a day off on the second day of elections was not accepted within the economic sector because the loss caused by the day off was “terrifying,” Cairo University’s dean of the faculty of economy and political sciences Aliaa el-Mahdy told Al-Masry al-Youm late Tuesday.
Many citizens welcomed the decision that Tuesday was an exceptional day off for Egyptians to allow them to participate in the presidential elections after Mahlab announced it on Monday on state-owned Channel One.
Mahdy said the day off cost two billion EGP ($28 million,) according to the general budget announced earlier by the state. She added that this decision is contrary to the Egyptian way of thought of preferring to stay home during days off, Al-Masry al-Youm reported.
Article 43 of the presidential elections law states “anyone who is enlisted in the elections database and did not vote without having a legitimate excuse will be punished by paying a penalty fine of 500 EGP.”
Although the law was never enforced since it was adopted, State Treasury awaits 13.5 billion EGP in case article 43 is enforced. This number is based on the participation of only 50 percent of people registered to vote in the presidential elections, according to Anatolia news agency.
HPEC member Tarek Shebl announced earlier on Tuesday that the penalty for not participating in the elections will be enforced, which urged many Egyptians to go participate in the elections, Anatolia added.
The initial cost for the extra elections day is not less than 400 million EGP, Amr El-Agamawy, the executive director of the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) and member of the Coordinating Committee for Elections said on his official Twitter account on Wednesday.