Explosive charges defused outside Egypt vote stations

Egypt's bomb-disposal department has received ten reports about the presence of explosives in different places so far, a security source said.

Explosive charges defused outside Egypt vote stations

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's bomb-disposal experts on Monday defused three explosive charges and a bomb planted outside polling stations in different provinces, security sources said.

Two explosive charges and a bomb were planted outside polling stations in the Giza province west of capital Cairo, but bomb-disposal teams managed to defuse them before they went off, a security source said.

Another source said experts had also defused an explosive charge planted outside a polling station in the central province of Fayoum.

Egypt's bomb-disposal department has received ten reports about the presence of explosives in different places so far, a security source said.

Nothing, however, was found at the reported sites, the source added.

Egyptians started casting ballots on Monday to elect a new president.

Two candidates are contesting this country's top spot, namely resigned army chief Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.

Many voters had lined up outside polling stations before they opened their doors at 9am (local time).

There are 13,900 polling stations across the country's 27 provinces, including 325 general stations to which vote-counting results will be submitted.

Some 54 million Egyptians are eligible to cast ballots in the two-day presidential polls – the second since the 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

The vote is the second step in an army-imposed transitional roadmap, which included a constitutional referendum in January and will conclude with parliamentary elections later this year.

The army and the Interior Ministry have deployed around 300,000 security personnel to guard the electoral process across the country.

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