HPEC issues final report on presidential election in press conference
The High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) press conference - YOUM7/Hossam Atef
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: The High Presidential Elections Committee (HPEC) announced that presidential candidate and former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi won 96.91 percent of valid votes over his rival, leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi who obtained 3.09 percent.

HPEC’s final results came as following: Total number of registered voters was 53,909,306, out of which 318,033 were expatriate votes, 25,260,190 were local votes, and a total of 24,537,615 counted votes. The turnout rate was 47.5 percent.

Sisi was officially declared the new president of the country with 23,780,104 votes, in comparison to Sabbahi who obtained 757,511 votes. The number of voided votes was 1,040,608, which represents 4.07 percent of the total cast votes.

In a press conference held Tuesday evening, Judge Anwar al-Assi, HPEC president, provided a conclusive report on the three days of presidential voting from May 26 to 28 inside Egypt and from May 15 to 19 abroad.

Assi briefly reported on violations and said HPEC recounted the votes at seven sub-polling stations in the governorates of Giza, Fayoum, Sharqia and Damietta, and voided all votes in nine other polling stations in several governorates because of the participation of non-local voters who were not registered at those locations to vote.

Two more polling stations’ votes were voided as well because the total vote count did not match the number of registered voters.

Assi added that one polling station in 6 October City was also voided following an objection by one of Sabbahi’s campaign members over violations.

Although HPEC did not provide details on governorates, Assi stated there were more polling stations in this election than in the 2012 presidential election. The total number of sub-polling stations across Egypt rose from 13,099 in 2012 to 13,899 in 2014.

Assi also blamed the media for its criticism of HPEC in regard to non-local voters. During the three days of voting, talk shows attacked HPEC’s lack of effective administrative procedures to facilitate voting for non-locals, many of whom could not find their names in the database of registered voters.

However, Assi explained that pre-registration by non-local residents was obligatory and that the problem came from the inability of citizens to abide by that requirement.

As soon as Assi announced Sisi’s victory, attendees began cheering and dancing, and popular celebrations are ongoing across the country. Large celebrations broke out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and at Ithadeya presidential palace.

Sisi’s inauguration will be held at al-Qubba palace in Cairo on Sunday at 6 p.m., amid the presence of Arab and foreign leaders.

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