15 December 2012

Egypt: Minister - Two-Phase Referendum Chance for Better Security Services

Holding the public referendum in two phases offers a chance to boost security measures around polling stations, said Interior Minister Ahmed Gamaleddin.

Heavy security measures were taken outside polling stations in the 10 governorates, where the referendum on the new constitution is taking place, the minister told Egypt's Channel I while inspecting a station in the populous Cairo neighborhood of Shubra.

The two-phase referendum started Saturday in Cairo, Alexandria, Daqahlia, Sharqiya, Assiut, Sohag, Aswan, Gharbia, North Sinai and South Sinai.

While the second phase, to take place on December 22, will be held in the remaining 17 governorates: Giza, Qalyubia, Menofia, Beheira, Kafr El-Sheikh, Damietta, Ismailia, Port Said, Suez, Matrouh, the Red Sea, El-Wadi El-Gadeed (New Valley), Beni Suef, Fayyoum, Minya, Luxor and Qena.

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