CAIRO: Free transportation will be offered for residents of Alexandria from 1 p.m. to 9p.m. today, in an effort to encourage citizens to head out to vote, Governor Hany el-Messiri has instructed the public transport authority.
The Cabinet announced Monday the day would be a half-day of work in order to encourage voting; the first day of voting Sunday saw an estimated 15 percent of the electorate at the polls.
Polling stations close at 9 p.m., but some stations closed after that on Sunday to allow citizens still waiting to cast their votes, Omar Marwan, spokesperson of the High Elections Commission (HEC,) said in a press conference Sunday.
The first phase of the parliamentary elections that kicked off Sunday includes 14 governorates; Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Asyut, the New Valley, Sohag, Qena , Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira, and Marsa Matrouh.
The second phase is scheduled on Nov. 22 and 23 in the governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.