Arab League praises referendum process on constitutional amendments

The League of Arab States Secretary General, Haifa Abu Ghazaleh - Press PhotoCAIRO - 20 April 2019: The League of Arab States Secretary General, Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, praised the progress of the referendum on amendments of some articles of the Egyptian constitution, according to a statement issued by the Arab League Saturday.This came during Ghazaleh's inspection of a number of polling stations in Cairo's district of Zamalek in order to follow up the voting process.According to a statement, Ghazaleh said that the voting process began smoothly in the polling stations despite the delay in some places, adding that the voters asserted that the referendum's logistics were available.The voters highlighted also the key role played by the army and police personnel in securing the voting process, she added.An Arab League team started Saturday its mission to follow up the voting process in the referendum on constitutional amendments, slated for April 20-22.The team members, who are of 13 Arab nationalities, are tasked with assessing the conformity of the referendum procedures with the National Election Authority’s decisions in this regard.An operations room affiliated with the Arab League will be in contact with the team members during the days of referendum. The room is set to release periodic reports about the following-up process.The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.According to information announced by the NEA, the number of registered voters is 61,344,503; the number of male voters is slightly bigger that those of females. The voters can cast their votes in 13,919 polling subcommittees. Over 15,000 judges will supervise the voting process, according to information obtained by Egypt Today.Head of the NEA Lasheen Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children, enjoy their constitutional right, ignore the boycott calls, and cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 12:11 UTC


First Lady Intissar al-Sisi casts ballot in constitutional amendments

PRESS: First Lady Intissar al-Sisi on Saturday casting her ballot in the new constitutional amendmentsCAIRO – 20 April 2019: First Lady Intissar al-Sisi on Saturday cast her ballot in the new constitutional amendments in El-Shaheed Yousry Emara School in Heliopolis.Polls opened Saturday through Monday with 61 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.A number of societal dialogues were held over the past weeks attended by various segments and experts in the country, to discuss the amendments ahead of a plenary session at the House of Representatives, where parliamentarians voted for passing them.On Saturday, a number of consulates have also opened their doors to continue the three-day referendum process abroad, which kicked off on Friday. The first embassies to open was in New Zealand and Australia.Egyptian nationals in China have also started flocking to the Egyptian embassy in Beijing for the second day of referendum. The first day of voting has reportedly seen many Egyptians at the polling stations abroad.Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.”

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 12:00 UTC


Closed roads do not stop Egyptians from voting in Paris

Closed roads do not stop Egyptians from voting in ParisClosed roads do not stop Egyptians from voting in ParisClosed roads do not stop Egyptians from voting in ParisClosed roads do not stop Egyptians from voting in ParisClosed roads do not stop Egyptians from voting in ParisCAIRO – 20 April 2019: The Egyptian embassy in Paris has seen a relatively high turnout of voters Saturday, despite certain streets being closed as a result of the Yellow Vest movement.The roads around the embassy are, reportedly, closed, as a direct result of the protests of the Yellow Vest movement, who have left the country in despair. Despite this tragic fact, Egyptians took on the challenge and were adamant on going in high crowds, relative to other embassies, to vote in the referendum on the constitutional amendments.Mahmoud El-Sherif, Deputy Chairperson of the National Elections Commission and Official Spokesperson, said that expatriates can vote in any sub-committee on the referendum. He explained that through the national identification card or passport, individuals can vote in any polling station.The spokesperson also said in a statement to the Middle East News Agency on Friday that the Authority has taken measures to facilitate citizens and to prevent the recurrence of the vote through the use of phosphorous ink, as well as review the final database of voters and take legal action against those who exceed the frequency of voting.The voter database is available to be accessed through the Commission's website on electoral centers, subcommittees and lists, indicating that the database is constantly being updated.He added that the number of general committees to vote for Egyptians inside is 368 committees, which include 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees, stressing that it is important for those eligible to vote to do so, noting that there will be a LE 500 fine for those who do not vote.Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 12:00 UTC


The end of social media for Ahmed Fahmy

File- Ahmed FahmyCAIRO - 20 April 2019: It seems that the negative pressure of social media has taken its toll on the Egyptian actor Ahmed Fahmy as he announced on Tuesday April 16, that he will quit social media within two weeks.The announcement came via a post on Instagram which was a photo of Fahmy with his dog and under it the caption “The final fortnight for me on social media..bye bye”. The post received more than 137K likes and attracted 2411 comments which were a mixture of praise and abuse. One follower replied to the post with “To hell with you” to which Fahmy answered “To hell with your mum and her kids” and it is precisely these kind of exchange of words that have plagued Fahmy's experience with social media.It was less than a year ago that Fahmy opened an Instagram account, 11th July 2018, with about 1.6 million followers and it was his fiancée the actress Hanna Zahed who created the account for him and during their interview with Isaad Younis, Zahed admitted that she has Fahmy's password as she was the one who encouraged him to open an Instagram account. A decision she later regretted as Fahmy's constant argument with her fans as well as his led Zahed to block him from her account for a brief period.Many are puzzled by Fahmy's decision with local media speculating that the reason might be due to a fight with Zahed over his derogatory words with their fans, while others are assuming it is to do with the negative image he is creating for himself which could overshadow the success of his future work. One fan wrote “Are you trying to stop yourself from gaining any sin during the holy month of Ramadan – as he swears and uses derogatory terms in his replies to abusive comments -” to which Fahmy replied “and beyond Ramadan” in a clear sign that the month of Ramadan has nothing to do with his decision.Fahmy's decision is an indication that he has never been fully comfortable with social media as he struggles to control his anger and unlike his fellow actors he always replies and does not opt to close the comment option as others have done, for example Bushra.Zahed and Fahmy will be starring together for the first time this Ramadan in a comedy series entitled “El Wad Sayed El Shahat” (The Begger Boy, Sayed) which is a play in words of Adel Emam renowned comedy play “El Wad Sayed El Shaghal” (The Servant Boy, Sayed).And while most of the stars that have series' being aired during Ramadan get more active on social media for that month to promote their work and encourage more people to tune in to their drama/comedy series, Fahmy has taken the opposite route and will leave social media and let his comedy series battle it out for the highest rating without his intervention, and judging from his aggressive replies to anyone that criticised him, his work or Zahed it is probably a good decision as it might damage the success of the series.

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 12:00 UTC


In pics: Voters nationwide vote on constitutional amendments

High voter turnout in Sinai’s Sheikh Zweid - Egypt TodayHalayeb and Shalateen witness high turnout in referendumHalayeb and Shalateen witness high turnout in referendumHalayeb and Shalateen witness high turnout in referendumHalayeb and Shalateen witness high turnout in referendumA blind voter cast his ballot in Menoufia – Press photoVoters cast their ballot in Qena – Press photoWoman voting in AlexandriaCAIRO – 20 April 2019: Residents of Alexandria, Minya, Qena, Menoufia, Matrouh and Beheira governorates, on Saturday morning, flocked to polling stations to cast their votes in the referendum on constitutional amendments.Cairo has seen a relatively high turnout of voters so far, as has the Giza governorate.Also, Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani was seen casting his ballot in a polling station in Luxor, due to his presence there during the discovery of a new tomb at the Draa Abul Naga necropolis in Luxor’s West Bank.The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.Over 4 million eligible voters can cast their ballots in 762 polling stations across Alexandria, while in Upper Egypt's Minya, voters are around 3.36 million, and cast their vote in 737 polling stations.Policemen, in coordination with the Armed Forces, station around the polling stations to secure voters, and protect the citizens' constitutional right to vote.Menoufia Governor Saeed Abbas said that all 611 polling stations in the governorate have been well prepared to receive 2.621 million voters, calling on all the residents of the governorate to take part in the referendum.In the Mediterranean governorate of Matrouh, 159 polling stations could receive voters to take part in the referendum. The number of eligible voters in the governorate is assumed at 286,059 voters.Meanwhile, residents of Beheira flocked to 908 polling stations throughout the governorate, which has 3.895 million eligible voters, accounting for 6.36 percent of the total voters nationwide.Behira governorate has been known for supporting the state, as more than 1.5 million Beheira citizens renewed their trust in President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the 2018 election, and elected him for a second term, according to official results.In Upper Egypt's Aswan, about a million people are eligible to vote in the referendum, with 252 polling stations distributed across the Upper Egyptian governorate, while in Luxor, around 800,000 eligible voters can vote in 195 polling stations.In Qena, over 1.96 million voters can visit over 400 polling stations to cast their ballot.Women in Alexandria have gone out in especially high numbers.

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 12:00 UTC


Klopp happy after reaching semi-finals

Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - Liverpool vs FC Porto - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - March 6, 2018 Liverpool manager JuergenKlopp Action Images via Reuters/Lee SmithCAIRO – 20 April 2019: Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, revealed on Thursday that he is proud of his players after they reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.Liverpool defeated Porto 4-1 on Wednesday night at the UEFA Champions League quarter finals second leg to secure qualification to the semifinals after they achieved a 2-0 victory at the first leg in England.“To be in the semi-final is a big statement, or us to be in the semi-finals is unbelievable. The second time in a row is something really crazy. I'm really proud of the boys and what they did," Klopp said after the game.Liverpool will face Spanish giants, Barcelona, led by their Argentinean star Lionel Messi, who promised the team fans to win the Champions League trophy this season.Barcelona reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2015 when they won the title at the end defeating Juventus 3-1 at the final.Klopp added, “The news that there's a proper football game between Liverpool and Barcelona is really good news and I'm happy for all the people in the football club.We will find things that we think we can use against them, but I'm not worrying about that tonight. "Camp Nou, Barcelona Stadium, will host the first leg while the second leg will be played in Liverpool.

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 11:26 UTC


Foreign media referendum coverage biased, irregular: Media Council

In the Chamber of Operations of the media councilCAIRO – 20 April 2019: Ahmed Salim, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Media, said that the Chamber of Operations of the Council has not received any complaints by journalists and media officials who are covering the referendum on the constitutional amendments.In his remarks, Salim said that the chamber monitors all that is issued by the local and foreign media and that it prepares a report every two hours that is sent to the National Elections Commission and the Information Center of the Council of Ministers.He also added that the Chamber monitored the local media's commitment to professionalism and accuracy in its coverage of the referendum, pointing out that it detected irregularities and bias in covering foreign media sites.The National Elections Committee has previously stated that the number of general committees to vote for Egyptians inside is 368 committees, which include 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees, stressing that it is important for those eligible to vote to do so, noting that there will be a LE 500 fine for those who do not vote.Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 10:41 UTC


In pics: Voters queuing outside polling stations in Giza Saturday

Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Press PhotoCAIRO - 20 April 2019: Queues of voters outside polling stations were lined up in Giza, as the referendum on the constitutional amendments kicked off at home on Saturday.In Imbaba district, Giza, a huge number of citizens flocked to the polling stations to vote on the constitutional amendments. A number of youth were seen helping elderly people to reach their polling stations.Some citizens also played national songs via loudspeakers in the streets, dancing to the music as they encourage more voters to come and cast their ballot.A group of voters also used the local flute to add joyful atmosphere during the voting process outside polling stations in Nasr City.The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.According to information announced by the NEA, the number of registered voters is 61,344,503; the number of male voters is slightly bigger that those of females. The voters can cast their votes in 13,919 polling subcommittees. Over 15,000 judges will supervise the voting process, according to information obtained by Egypt Today.Head of the NEA Lasheen Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children, enjoy their constitutional right, ignore the boycott calls, and cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."

Source:Egypt Today

April 20, 2019 10:30 UTC


Tags
Cryptocurrency      African Press Release      Lifestyle       Hiring       Health-care       VMware

Loading...