Egyptian citizens began Tuesday’s elections to nominate the new Senate, regained following the 2019 constitutional reform, with a vote, this time marked by the restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
The House of Lords in Egypt was historically an advisory body with no executive capacity and functioned until 2013 before being dissolved the following year with the new constitution. Around 63 million people are called to vote for their new members between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The results won’t be announced until August 19th and the second round is scheduled for September 8th and 9th. Two-thirds of the senators will emerge from the election, while the remaining percentage – up to 300 – will be appointed directly by President Abdelfatá al Sisi.
The electoral authority has drawn up a number of protocols to prevent infection with the new coronavirus, such as the obligation to wear masks in the 11,500 polling stations or the disinfection of these centers before the start of the day. According to the newspaper ‘Al Ahram’, disinfection areas have also been installed at the entrance.