CAIRO: In every public election since Gamal Abdel Nasser the Heliopolis Model School for Girls has hosted the heads of state as they cast their ballots under tight security.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi voted Sunday morning in the 2015 parliamentary elections, the last phase of the Egyptian transitional period, in the Heliopolis school.
Dozens of presidential guards, policemen and security officers, in presence of the Foreign Minister Aide and Cairo Security Directorate head Khaled Abdel Aal, secured and policed the school which is adjacent to Presidential Palace of Ittihadyia, Youm7 reported.
The school was previously a royal palace for Princess Farial of Egypt, King Farouk’s eldest child; it was inaugurated in 1940 and named after the princess, Ahmed Hanafi, Technical Department General Director of the Ministry of Education, told The Cairo Post Sunday.
The school was renamed Heliopolis Model School following the 1952 Revolution, he added, noting that another building was build inside the school and allocated for students of secondary degree education in 1970.
It includes 28 classes with 1,178 preparatory students and 27 classes with 1,173 secondary students, Hanafi continued. “The school won Excellence Certificate of school performance in 2007 and obtained certificate of Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education in 2008,” he said.
Since assuming power until being ousted in the January 25 Revolution, former President Hosni Mubarak used to cast his vote in the school; he last cast his ballot in the 2010 June parliamentary elections.
Imprisoned former President Mohamed Morsi cast his ballot in the school in 2012 constitutional referendum, and former interim President Adly Masour voted in the same school in the 2014 Presidential race that elected current President Sisi.
The second phase of elections has been carried out in the governorates of Cairo, Qaliubiya, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Western and Kafr El-Sheikh and Eastern, Damietta, Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, North Sinai, South Sinai, will cast their ballots.
Egypt’s Ministry of Education gave the students in the above governorates Sunday and Monday off-days as public schools have been allocated for an estimated 27.5 million voters are eligible to vote in 5,622 polling station.