CAIRO: Smart cards for the newly-introduced electronic voting system were delivered to the 226 Egyptian parliament members who won in the first phase, ahead of a simulation session scheduled for early December, Youm7 reported.
The parliament is scheduled to convene its first session late December or early January.
“A photo of the member and his name are placed on one side of the smart card while the other side has a chip and a directive arrow to show the member how to insert the card in a slot in front of his seat to register the vote,” secretary-general of the Egyptian House of Representatives Khaled al-Sadr told Al Ahram newspaper Monday.
He added that the new system had been installed and that its testing started Sunday.
Several MPs expressed optimism regarding the new system.
“It will ensure transparency in voting, increase attendance of the parliament members and it will definitely help that the voting process does not take a long time,” Mohamed al Desouky, parliament member representing Asyut city constituency told The Cairo Post Tuesday.