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Egypt’s 2014 Presidential elections kick off

Egypt’s 2014 Presidential elections kick off
Egyptian women outside a polling station on May 26. Credit: Amir Makar/Aswat Masriya
Egyptian women outside a polling station on May 26. Credit: Amir Makar/Aswat Masriya

Egyptians have started queuing across the country to vote on the country’s next President in the two-day Presidential elections.

Polling stations opened at 9AM local time across the country, yet many Egyptians had already started queuing hours in advance.

The two Presidential contenders, Former Military Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, cast their ballots shortly after voting commenced.

Voting is expected to close at 9PM on May 27, with results announced by June 5. Follow our live blog below:

Important Updates:

– More than 14,000 polling stations have been operating across the country.

– The second day of voting, Tuesday 27 of May, has been declared a holiday for more than six million government employees.

– At least 3.2 million voters have cast their ballots so far (as of 1:00PM local time), stated the Presidential Elections Committee.

– Egypt’s Ministry of Interior has denied earlier reports by state media that a bomb exploded outside a polling station in El-Mahalla El-Kubra. Other reports of explosions in Fayoum have not been confirmed.

– Two explosive devices have been defused in Giza outside two polling stations, reported police authorities.

– Clashes reported in Kerdasa and Umraneya between security forces and Pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

– Sisi, Sabahi, Egypt’s Interim President Mansour, Coptic Pope Tawadros II and Egypt’s Grand Mufti have all cast their ballots so far.

Reported violations:

– The campaign of Presidential Candidate Hamdeen Sabahi says three of its members were arrested in Suez, Ismailia and Qalubiya.

– Some polling stations, notably in Assiut, opened later than scheduled due to late arrivals of judges.

– Polling stations across Egypt shut down despite people waiting in line to vote. The Elections Committee stated ‘We cannot keep judges at the polling stations all night.’ Many voters have expressed anger.

– The Egyptian Association to Support Democracy reported some stations lacked phosphoric ink (to indicate you voted) and the absence of voting rolls.

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Egyptian Streets May 27, 201412:51 pm

Head of Elections Committee in Alexandria says turnout in the city on the first day of voting was 20 percent.

Egyptian Streets May 27, 201412:50 pm

City Stars, one of Egypt’s largest shopping centres, will shut down at 4PM Local Time to allow workers and employees to cast their ballots.

Egyptian Streets May 27, 20149:42 am

Minister of Local Development: Hot weather and fasting (ahead of Ramadan) has affected the turnout in Egypt’s Presidential Elections.

Egyptian Streets May 27, 20149:02 am

BREAKING| 1 injured in explosion near a church in Heliopolis, reports state media.

Egyptian Streets May 27, 20149:00 am

A police officer riding a horse while defending a polling station in Zamalek, Egypt.

Egyptian Streets May 27, 20147:09 am

Good morning Egypt. Today is the second and last day of the country’s Presidential Elections.

Late last night, the PM announced today would be a holiday in order to achieve higher turnout.

Turnout has overall been disappointing and low, with many blaming the fact that the weather has been hot and that elections took place during a working week.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 201411:36 pm

The second day of voting, Tuesday 27 of May, has been declared a holiday for more than six million government employees.

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The head of the European Union’s Elections Observation Mission has visited 8 polling stations, said he found no violations.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20141:08 pm

Will Egypt’s next President allow everyday Egyptians to achieve their dreams?

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Egyptian Streets May 26, 201412:53 pm

Egypt’s Prime Minister and the government will resign as soon as results are announced.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 201412:43 pm
Egyptian Streets May 26, 201412:35 pm

Mohamed Fathy, a member of Tamarod, was shot dead at 4AM this morning. Tamarod has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for what they called an ‘assassination.’

Egyptian Streets May 26, 201412:29 pm

According to the Minister of Health, 17 injured so far during presidential elections.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 201411:35 am
Egyptian Streets May 26, 201411:23 am

Two arrested after trying to throw a Molotov cocktail at a polling station in Kafr al-Shorafa, Daqahlia, reported Egypt Independent.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 201410:39 am

From our comments section on Facebook by Ahmed Zaki:

“Already participated.. However the location I’m in was pretty empty, no lines or anything just pretty much go and vote.”

Egyptian Streets May 26, 201410:38 am

From our comments section by ‘Bystanding Witness’:

“WOW – what a day! Just came back accompanying friends who went voting – everybody is excited even if they have to stand in line for hours. What a great spirit! Many women wear the national colors; either in dresses or (some Muslim women) they wear a triple color hijab. Many make time and again the “zahrouta”, then clap their hands and start singing “Tesslam el ayadi”. It’s like one big party defying the threats of the Muslim Brotherhood. What great ladies and equally great men Egypt has.
Watched Al Jazeera Arabic – LOLOLOLOL!! They have people calling in swearing to Allah (!!!) that they have toured the town (of Helwan, Mahalla, down town Cairo, etc.) and that there is not one single person in any of the voting stations!! They even go that far on Al Jazeera Arabic to claim that the life pictures/videos showed on all the other private and state owned chanels are from earlier elections!!! Hahahaha, with Al Sissi’s picture everywhere!?!?!? Al Jazeera should be re-named in to Al Muslim Brotherhood; they have become a stain of embarassment.

Forward Egyptian people – play your cards right and the future will be yours!!!!!

Long live Egypt, its people and the new President!!!”

Egyptian Streets May 26, 201410:29 am

Clashes have been reported in Kerdasa between security forces and pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters. State media reported that the protesters attempted to prevent voters from casting their ballots.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20149:59 am

Egyptian women cheer and dance outside a polling station in Cairo’s Helmeyet El-Zaitoun.

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Egyptian Streets May 26, 20149:54 am
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Egyptian Streets May 26, 20149:41 am

In Alexandria and Sohag, members of the Salafist Nour Party are helping voters cast their votes and reach their respective polls by providing vehicles to transport voters to their polling stations, reported Al-Ahram.

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Nasserist Politician and Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi outside his polling station earlier today (Credit: Reuters):

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20148:10 am

Former Military Chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrives to cast his ballot earlier today in Egypt’s 2014 Presidential elections (Credit: Reuters)

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20148:05 am
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Outgoing interim President Adly Mansour cast his vote at a polling station in Heliopolis.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20147:30 am
Egyptian Streets May 26, 20147:30 am
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Delegation of European Union observers has reportedly arrived in Maadi to monitor elections.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20147:23 am
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State media has reported that an explosion struck El-Mahalla El-Kubra outside a polling station. The home-made device has reportedly left no casualties.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20147:11 am
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Egyptian Streets May 26, 20147:08 am
Egyptian Streets May 26, 20147:08 am

In Mansoura, passionate female voters have been chanting pro-Military songs and chanting against the United States of America and Obama.

Egyptian Streets May 26, 20147:07 am

Two explosives have been defused outside two schools being used as polling stations in Giza, reported the governorate’s police authorities and state media.

Mohamed Khairat May 26, 20147:04 am

This photograph was taken outside a polling station in downtown #Cairo by Orla Guerin of the BBC. Orla reports that crowds are excited and eager to enter the polling station which is heavily secured.

Mohamed Khairat May 26, 20147:03 am

State media has reported that an explosion struck El-Mahalla El-Kubra outside a polling station. The home-made device has reportedly left no casualties.


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  • michael

    I thank Egyptian streets for all the the update for this election,
    Michael Sydney, Australia

  • Bystanding Witness

    Just heard the news that within the first 2 hours some 3.28 MIO people casted their votes!!! BRAVO!
    Al Jazeera: STOP spreading your lies and start playing fair again like you used to. You were known as a good reference … why not try to re-gain that reputation?

  • Bystanding Witness

    WOW – what a day! Just came back accompanying friends who went voting – everybody is excited even if they have to stand in line for hours. What a great spirit! Many women wear the national colors; either in dresses or (some Muslim women) they wear a triple color hijab. Many make time and again the “zahrouta”, then clap their hands and start singing “Tesslam el ayadi”. It’s like one big party defying the threats of the Muslim Brotherhood. What great ladies and equally great men Egypt has.
    Watched Al Jazeera Arabic – LOLOLOLOL!! They have people calling in swearing to Allah (!!!) that they have toured the town (of Helwan, Mahalla, down town Cairo, etc.) and that there is not one single person in any of the voting stations!! They even go that far on Al Jazeera Arabic to claim that the life pictures/videos showed on all the other private and state owned chanels are from earlier elections!!! Hahahaha, with Al Sissi’s picture everywhere!?!?!? Al Jazeera should be re-named in to Al Muslim Brotherhood; they have become a stain of embarassment.

    Forward Egyptian people – play your cards right and the future will be yours!!!!!

    Long live Egypt, its people and the new President!!!

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