EOHR’s monitoring mission of the 2018 Egyptian Presidential Elections Day (3)

March 28th, 2018 by Editor

EOHR’s monitoring mission of the 2018 Egyptian Presidential Elections

Day (3)

  The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights’ (EOHR) observation mission for the presidential elections concluded its activities after monitoring the elections for their entire duration (3 days) the final being on March 28th 2018.

Over the 3 days of the polls EOHR has visited and monitored 4,500 polling station out of the 11,000 polling stations around the country.  EOHR noticed a significant turnout among women in comparison to men, as well as high turnout among senior citizens. EOHR estimates the turnout for the entire election to be around 32% a figure that can be considered an average turnout by Egyptian standards, seeing that the highest turnout recorded in Egyptian history was 54% in the parliamentary elections of 2011.

Minor violations and infractions continued to occur in several parts of the country to the third day of elections. In some Upper Egyptian governorates namely, Luxor and Asyut a number of polling stations opened their doors to voters late. EOHR also documented illegal campaigning in favor of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi all over the country in violation of electoral silence.

EOHR also noted incidents in several rural areas were mosques were used to urge citizens to go vote of face a 500 EGP fine.

Finally, the third day was the only day where EOHR observers were not harassed or prevented from entering polling stations in contrast to the first two days which witnessed such isolated incidents that impeded EOHR’s observation mission in some areas of certain governates in the country.

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