Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Egyptians Line Up for First Post-Mubarak Vote

Complaints of delays and irregularities could be heard across Cairo on Monday, and droves of Egyptians waited hours in line to vote in the first elections since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

Some of the delays were caused by tardy voting station managers, who, in turn claimed that they were either stuck in traffic or simply lost as to where they were supposed to arrive. Some locations opened almost four hours late.

Other reports said that the massive sheets used to mark down candidates to represent Cairo district, which included no less than 122 different names, were late to arrive at several stations.

Elsewhere, political activists were seen breaking the law by handing out propaganda near voting booths, and sometimes even walking voters in.

In old Cairo, one candidate, an owner of a cooking gas firm, was arrested for handing out free gas to prospective voters.

In some of the neighborhoods voting rates were extremely high, with long lines snaking out of one voting stations in the Maadi neighborhood.

“I’ve been waiting for hours,” Salah Taufik said, “but we’ve been waiting for this day in Egypt for seventy years, so what are a few hours.”

Referring to prevalent complaints of voting irregularities, Taufik said he hoped they “weren’t intentional but as a result of a lack of experience. And if they are directed from high up, we’ll have to overcome that too. Egypt has just started its way toward democracy. I’m optimistic and believe it’ll take another ten years.”

For more, go to Haaretz.com

A message from our editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren

We're building on 127 years of independent journalism to help you develop deeper connections to what it means to be Jewish today.

With so much at stake for the Jewish people right now — war, rising antisemitism, a high-stakes U.S. presidential election — American Jews depend on the Forward's perspective, integrity and courage.

—  Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief 

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.