Monday, November 29, 2010

2010 Egyptian parliamentary elections

sign supporting Mohammed Beltagy (MB candidate) in Shubra

sign supporting Megahed Nasar (NDP candidate) in Shubra

police outside of polling station in Zamalek

car with posters supporting Hisham Mustafa Khalil (NDP candidate) outside of a polling station in Zamalek

poster supporting Gamila Ismael in the Qasr al-Nil constituency

poster announcing Seuodi Market's support for NDP candidate, Hisham Mustafa Khalil

poster for al-Ghad Party candidate in Abdeen

Election day in Egypt passed without much excitement.

Above are a few photos I took in the Downtown/Zamalek/Shubra areas on election day. Most polling stations seemed empty and their entrances were heavily guarded by police. I heard from one CASA professor that he was turned away at the polling station. There were also rumors of the regime setting up "polling stations" on the government employee buses so that government employees could "cast their votes" on buses.

There were reports of fairly vicious electoral competition between Mohammed Beltagy and Megahed Nasar in Shubra on election day, but even those polling stations seemed dead by the afternoon.

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