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Egypt Election: Witnessing Egypt’s Historic Presidential Vote, Runoff Election June 16-17

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Voting began Wednesday in Egypt, where more than 50 million registered voters may choose the first genuinely democratically elected president in the country’s history.

In the Al-Sayeda Zeinab and Al-Sayeda Aisha neighborhoods of Cairo, hundreds of people lined up outside polling stations ahead of poll opening at 8 a.m. They warmly welcomed President and Mrs. Carter as they arrived to witness voting as part of the 100-member Carter Center delegation.

Those in line expressed enthusiasm, many preparing to vote for the first time in their lives. “These are two days of feast for us,” an elderly voter told Mrs. Carter. “The sun has risen in Egypt,” said another.

Some of those who participated in the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak had lost enthusiasm, but 24-year-old Gehad Abada still thought it was important to vote.

“I am not hopeful about who we will elect as the next president per se, but I am hopeful that he will leave after four years and that we will hold him accountable for what he does, and for anything that goes wrong,” she said.

In a country holding its first real election after decades of dictatorship under one person, that hope means a lot.


President Carter and Carter Center witnesses are welcomed into a polling station by the presiding judge on Wednesday, May 23. (All Photos: D. Hakes/The Carter Center)


A poll worker waits for the next voter to approach his table so he can check his voter identification card.


Shortly after voting began on May 23, a man casts his ballot in Cairo.


Mrs. Carter talks with a female political party observer in Cairo.


President Carter watches as poll workers check a voter’s ID.


Perhaps tired from a long wait in line, a child rests on his mother as she signs in to vote.


President Carter poses for a photo with a voter in Cairo. The Carters were warmly welcomed at every polling station that they visited on May 23.


Women prepare to vote in Cairo.


A woman casts her ballot in Cairo on May 23.

Posted in Democracy, Egypt, Elections, Jimmy Carter, Peace, Rosalynn Carter

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  • 1

    voorheesmyc on May 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Fantastic photos from the first day of voting. As always, I am impressed with the Center’s work!

  • 2

    voorheesmyc on May 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Fantastic photos from the first day of voting. As always, I’m impressed with the Center’s work!

  • 3

    ahlam on May 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    sun always in Egypt but long time we felt cold freedom is EXPENSIVE.

  • 4

    Janice Johnson on May 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Way to go, President Carter! A few more like you, Bill Clinton & Barrack Obama & the world will continue to be a better place for all!

  • 5

    Moe Adel on May 26, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Dear All ,
    Did you finish counting the votes of he Egyptian Elections?
    if Yes , Could we know what the results are ? Who entitle the best 2 Ranks

    Waiting for your reply

    Regards,
    Moe

  • 6

    Amal on May 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    thank you so much for your help🙂

  • 7

    Motaz Farag on May 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    who will be in the 2nd phase….Morsi and Shafik or Morsi and Hamdeen, there are rumors being stated on your behalf and I wanted to know if you have an offical view yet

  • 8

    gerwaga on May 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Excellent initiative for Africa; excellent work,excellent photos.
    congratulations to the Carter Center

  • 9

    mohab m. reda on May 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    HELP THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION PLEASE..THERE ARE MANY FRAUDS AND MALPRACTICES HAPPENING IN THE ELECTIONS FOR A PARTICULAR CANDIDATE CALLED ” AHMED SHAFEEQ- احمد شفيق “. HE CAME IN THE SECOND PLACE AFTER DECLARATION THE PRIMARY RESULTS OF ELECTIONS BY THE FRAUD ! THERE ARE SO MANY EVIDENCES,SUBSTANTIATIONS AND WITNESSES !! PLEASE DO SOMETHING OUR REVOLUTION IS BEING ROBBED !

  • 10

    prasad on May 29, 2012 at 5:30 am

    The Young and potential people of Egypt will pave the wave for world after these elections .
    Insha Allah

  • 11

    Safaa Saad on May 31, 2012 at 6:12 am

    The Egyptian government announced the results of the Elections as Morsi first ,Shafik second and Hamdeen Sabahi third , However , this link http://www.misrelgdida.com/index.php?news=91161 as well as other sources are showing Hamdeen is second and Shafik is third ,
    Please clarify, and if Hamdeen is truly the second, I believe that Carter center have a moral obligation to step out and speak the truth .Thanks

  • 12

    ahmad on June 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    what is the final result of Egypt election for presidency as THE CATER CENTER can see

  • 13

    safinaz on June 4, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I did not get it, does the center has comments on the process or not?
    some people claim now that they found a lot of problems that could jeopardize the election process, is this true or not?

  • 14

    luay on June 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    My regards and deep love and respect to Mr Carter and Mrs Carter for their great effort and concern for the whole world and for Egypt in particular , thanks to the chosen workers and official working in that great center they are really very punctual and hard working people they are real witnesses .My great appreciation

  • 15

    Mike on June 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Dear Mr. Carter: What about the millions of Copts who the Muslim Brotherhood threatened and prevented from voting in Upper Egypt during the runoff vote? Did you get a chance to witness that?

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