By: Mohamed Abdel Maguid
The 2018 Presidential Election is the third poll to take place in Egypt since the January 2011 revolution. Egyptian expatriates have already voted on March 16-18 in 124 countries.
As part of our coverage of the election process, Egypt Today presents important must-know facts for voters:
Egyptians who are above the age of 18 have the right to vote. The eligible voters for this year’s presidential election are sixty million. Active members of the armed forces and police are not allowed to vote.
Article 2 of the political rights law (Law 45/2014) bans from voting those who suffer from mental disorders or are under judicial interdiction, or who have been convicted of a felony.
Voting shall be conducted for three days from March 26-28. Polls will be opened over a twelve-hour period, from 9am till 9pm (local time).
At polling stations, each voter is expected to present their National ID card to the official who supervises the ballot.
Voters are not allowed to cast their ballots in polling stations other than their residence, unless they have registered their data either at a court or any real estate registration offices across Egypt.
According to the NEA, the presidential election will be supervised by 18,620 judges (primary and substitute), including 8,420 regular judges, 4,800 administrative prosecutors, 3,300 judges from State Lawsuits Authority and 2,100 judges from State Council.
A number of international organizations will participate in observing the presidential election nationwide. These organizations include the Arab League (AL), African Union (AU), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly and COMESA-CENSAD.
Ministry of Interior announced that 200,000 security personnel are mobilized nationwide to secure the electoral process and all state vital institutions, archeological sites and main streets.
Ministry of Health deployed 2,887 equipped ambulances across polling stations, main roads and squares in all governorates to deal with any threatening incidents during the election.
Three fully-equipped medical convoys, with different medical specialties, will be also stationed in each governorate during the election. Enough emergency blood supplies and medicine for six months will be provided to all hospitals during the election.
Presidential candidates need 51% of votes cast to win a first round vote. If no candidate makes the mark, a runoff vote is scheduled.
The primary results of the first round of the election will be announced on March 29, where decisions on appeals submitted by candidates, if any, will be made. The final results of the first round will be announced on April 2. If there is a need to hold a run-off round, Egyptian expats will cast their vote again on April 19-21. The final 2018 presidential election results are expected to be announced on May 1.