World Bulletin / News Desk
The government is working tooth and nail to finalize preparations for a popular referendum on an amended version of Egypt's suspended 2012 constitution, slated for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The referendum will be Egypt's first poll since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the army.
Around 53 million Egyptians, out of a total national population of 85 million, will be eligible to vote in the referendum, with women accounting for 49 percent of the electorate.
Voters will cast ballots in 352 main polling stations across the country, subdivided into 30,317 polling centers.
Around 109 polling stations will be allocated for Egyptians who happen to be outside their home province at the time of the poll.
Principal polling stations will be responsible for collecting ballot boxes after the vote and announcing final results.
Each polling center will have three ballot boxes and be able to accommodate a maximum of 2,000 voters.
Around 13,867 Egyptian judges have been tasked with overseeing the vote.
Each judge, assisted by two civil servants, will be responsible for supervising three ballot boxes.
Voting is scheduled to begin at 9am on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Polling centers are scheduled to close their doors at 9pm, but Egypt's election commission has the right to extend voting hours in the event of large turnouts.
Some 160,000 army personnel and around 4,576 army patrol vehicles will be deployed at polling stations across the country for the two days of voting.
More than 220,000 policemen, meanwhile, will also assist in securing the polls.
Around 200 riot police squads and 100 reserve teams, in addition to 150 combat teams, will be ready for rapid deployment in the event of violence.
A police officer and nine policemen will be deployed at the entrance of each polling center.
Two policemen, including one secret agent, will be deployed on every street on which a polling center is located.
Combat teams, consisting of one officer and eight soldiers, will each be responsible for securing five polling centers.
Around 68 organizations, including 62 local NGOs, have been authorized to monitor the voting process.
In addition, two US organizations, two Arab organizations, one German organization and one South African organization have obtained permits to observe the referendum.
On Sunday, Egypt's election commission withdrew permits from five organizations that it claimed were affiliated with the ousted president's Muslim Brotherhood, which the government recently labeled a "terrorist" group.
Around 17,000 observers, including 1,000 foreign nationals, will be allowed to monitor voting inside polling centers.Last Mod: 13 Ocak 2014, 12:19