Local observing organisations issued a report stating that the elections saw some violations mostly involving the buying of votes and voters being unable to cast ballots for various reasons. The report came on Tuesday after Egyptians in 14 governorates cast their votes in the first phase of the parliamentary elections on Sunday and Monday. The cabinet’s control room, which was formed to observe the electoral process, said that during the second day they received 15 complaints and found 31 violations. The main violations include the arrest of two men who attempted to vote with IDs that did not belong to them, MENA reported.
Another violation involved a candidate’s relative who was directing voters to cast their ballots for the candidate at a polling station in Upper Egypt’s Luxor governorate. A police report was filed against the woman.
Meanwhile, the National Council of Women said it received 36 complaints throughout Sunday and until 4pm on Monday. The majority of complaints involved the distribution of money to voters to persuade them to vote for a specific candidate and that voting stations were too far away, as well as employers not giving time off for their workers to vote.