Egypt voter turnout 'higher than expected'
28 November 2011, 18:34
Cairo - The head of Egypt's election commission said
on Monday that turnout in the first polls since the fall of autocrat
Hosni Mubarak was higher than expected and there had been no security
"We were surprised that people turned out to vote in
large numbers, thank God," Abdel Moez Ibrahim, who heads the High
Judicial Elections Commission, told reporters.
"It was higher than expected," he said, without providing any preliminary figures.
run-up to the crucial polls was marred by deadly clashes between police
and protesters demanding the ruling military cede power to a civilian
But despite the violent countdown, Ibrahim said the
voting -- overseen by a discreet police and army deployment -- went
ahead without any security problem.
"There were no reports of security troubles... that's what I was most worried about," Ibrahim said.
Voting which was due to start at 08:00 got off to a slow start due to some administrative problems and delays.
said that judges overseeing the balloting in several polling stations
had arrived up to three hours late and that ballot papers failed to
reach some areas.
"We are working to fix all that," he said.
were also fears that some unstamped ballot papers would be considered
null and void, but Ibrahim said that the supervising judge could sign
the ballots himself in order to validate them.