A report by the ‘Egyptian Assembly for Democratic Development’ confirmed on Wednesday that the last hours of the first day of Egypt’s presidential election witnessed a peak in violations.
These violations included trucks transferring voters to polls and tension and confrontation between supporters.
The council received a large number of reports and complaints of campaigns, which defies the elections committee’s ban as well as the ousting of observers from the station without legal ground and a general outbreak of tension, the report confirmed.
Egyptians started voting on Wednesday, May 23, in what is considered the country’s first real presidential election.
Local polls will proceed until Thursday, with a runoff round in mid-June if necessary. Polling stations will open at 8 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 23 – 24. All voters must have their identification cards in order to vote.
The 13 candidates contesting in the first round are: Abul Ezz Al-Hariri (Pyramid), Ahmed Shafiq (Ladder), Hamdeen Sabahi (Eagle), Hossam Khairallah (Camera), Khaled Ali (Tree), Abdullah Alashaal (Axe), Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh (Horse), Amr Moussa (Sun), Mohamed Selim Al-Awa (Umbrella), Mohamed Fawzi Eissa (Camera), Mohamed Mursi (Scale), Mahmoud Hossam (Star) and Hisham Bastawisi (Watch).
Aswat Masriya (Cairo)