CAIRO: A total of 256 complaints of irregularities in the first day parliamentary voting were reported amid a 15% turnout.
“No violations, irregularities, altercations, or even voters,” Egypt’s Judges’ Club chairperson Abdullah Fathy told al-Hayat al-Youm talk show Sunday evening. The possibility to extend the time of the voting process to another day amid the very low turnout is “illogical,” he added; his remarks came as a comment on the very low turnout of the voters.
The Cabinet announced Monday, the second day of the elections, a half-day of work to give the state’s public servants opportunities to head to polling stations that operate for 12 hours as of 9:00 a.m., although public servants’ whole hours of working ended at 2:00 p.m.
Elections Commission spokesperson Omar Marwan said in a news conference Sunday evening that the turnout of the voters in first day of the two-day elections hit 15 percent.
Alexandria governor Hani al-Messeiry allocated free ticket transportations for the voters to facilitate their voting process.
He added that the commission received 256 complaints of the voting irregularities, mostly over the delay opening of many polling stations, noting some of judges received assassination threats on their phones to not monitor the election process.
A total of 100 judges from the Administrative Prosecution have been commissioned to monitor the 2015 parliamentary elections, Parlmany news website reported Sunday.
The National Council of Human Rights stated Monday that they had monitored 108 complaints, 48 of them referred to the HEC, mostly related to the delay of opening the polling station due to the judges’ delay, and breaching the election silence, directing the voters for specific nominees, and purchasing votes.
The elections have being carried out over two phases; the first two-day stage for citizens in Egypt runs Sunday and Monday in the 14 governorates of Giza, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Minya, Asyut, New Valley, Sohag, Qena , Luxor, Aswan, Red Sea, Alexandria, Beheira, and Matrouh.
The eligible voters should elect 226 out of 2,548 independent nominees in 103 constituencies, and a list out of four lists to occupy 60 seats in the new House of Representatives for the first round.
The House of Representatives will comprise of 596 members, with 448 to be elected as independents, 120 through the winner-take-all party lists system, with 28 seats to be appointed by the president, HEC said.
The second round will run Nov. 22-23 and in the governorates of Cairo, Qalubia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Gharbia, Kafr el-Sheikh, Sharqia, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, North Sinai, and South Sinai.
Run-off elections of the first phase will be carried out Oct. 26-27 for expats and Oct. 27-28 inside Egypt. Meanwhile, run-offs in the second round will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 for expats, and Dec. 1 and 2 in Egypt.