Egypt’s NEW head vows to apply “elections fine” against anyone fails to vote with no excuse



Wed, 12 Aug 2020 - 01:01 GMT


Wed, 12 Aug 2020 - 01:01 GMT

CAIRO – 12 August 2020: Counselor Lashin Ibrahim, head of the National Elections Authority and deputy president of the Court of Cassation said that all electoral crimes extinguish by time. He pledged to apply the elections fine against those who miss voting.

“The fine stipulated in the Law on the exercise of political rights for those who fail to vote in the elections is an obligatory fine, same as any crime stipulated in the Penal Code,” Ibrahim stated in statements to the state television.

He explained that “elections fine” is not something new in the Egyptian law, “but most of the states around the world implement this law”.

Article (57) of the Exercise of Political Rights Law, stipulates that “any person whose name is registered in the voter database and fails to cast his ballot in the election or referendum with no excuse, shall be fined not more than LE 500”

The second day of Senate Elections kicked off at home on Wednesday.

Queues of voters outside polling stations were seen as precautionary measures like sterilization gates were installed, disinfectants and masks were distributed among participants.

Egyptians at home started voting process Tuesday in the Senate Elections Tuesday at home, after it concluded expats vote on Monday.

The Senate is the upper chamber of the Parliament, which was reinstated as part of constitutional amendments that passed in a referendum in 2019, in replacement of Shura Council, which was dissolved in 2014.

The voting process kicked off at 9 a.m. as scheduled by the Supreme Elections Committee. Queues of voters wearing medical masks and holding disinfectants were seen outside polling stations in different governorates; floor marks keeping social distance for voters were seen at some polling stations.

Noticeable turnout by elderly voters was seen during the early hours of the day.

A total of 63 million Egyptians are registered voters, and entitled to vote in the 2020 Senate elections, where they will cast their votes at 14,092 sub-polling stations. The judicial supervision of the voting process is assigned to 18,000 judges and 120,000 employees.

On Monday, Egyptian expats concluded 2-day voting process in 124 countries via mail. The final results of the Senate elections will be announced on August 16.

In case of a re-election, elections will be held abroad on Sunday and Monday (September 6 and 7), and in Egypt on Tuesday and Wednesday (September 8 and 9).

The General Command of the Armed Forces had taken all measures to secure the 2020 Senate elections nationwide, and provide a safe environment for citizens to cast their votes, in coordination with the Interior Ministry.







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