The first day of the second round of parliamentary elections that began Wednesday 14 / 12 / 2011 in nine governorates passed smoothly without any violence incidents.
Voters formed endless queues outside polling stations in Giza, Menoufia, Beheira, Sharqeya, Suez, Ismailia, Beni Suef, Sohag and Aswan, waiting to cast their ballots, encouraged by tight security imposed by the Army and the Interior Ministry. Voting period was extended until 9:00 Pm.
Head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi is following up the elections of the second round of the parliamentary elections morning from the Armed Forces operation room.
He has instructed SCAF members to follow up the voting process on the ground in the nine governorates included in the second phase of the country's legislative elections.
SCAF member and director of the Egyptian Armed Forces' Moral Affairs Department Major General Ismail Ettman said the plan to secure the elections has been devised weeks ago.
Any propaganda violating the electoral regulations has been banned and campaigning inside or outside polling stations is prohibited, he said.
The Military Council does not support any particular party, affirmed Military Police chief Major General Hamdi Badein.
The Military Council does not side with one party against the other, he added.
In statements to MENA Wednesday, Badein said that this is shown with the arrest of anyone who breached electoral laws inside or outside polling stations.