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Article Egypt: National Elections Commission Accuses Egyptian Actor of Voting Twice in Presidential Election

On December 10, 2023, Egypt’s National Elections Commission announced that Egyptian actor Lebleba had voted twice in the December presidential election and an investigation had been launched regarding this matter.

Lebleba had allegedly cast her vote in the Egyptian consulate located in Saudi Arabia while attending a film festival and then cast another vote in Egypt on her return from Saudi Arabia.

Media reports indicate that Lebleba may not have been aware that voting twice in a presidential election constitutes a punishable criminal offense. Additionally, the judge who oversees the list of individuals who have already voted in the election may have forgotten to review it when the actor was casting her vote for the second time.

The presidential election was held across the country from December 10 through 13, with the result announced on December 18.

In a press conference, the elections commission estimated that 45% of those eligible to vote in the election (more than 67 million people) participated in this presidential election, with more than 30 million casting their votes at electoral commission headquarters in Egypt and abroad.

Voting twice in any election constitutes a crime under Law No. 45 of 2014, as amended.

Law No. 45 of 2014 on Regulating the Exercise of Political Rights

Article 66 of the Law No. 45 of 2014 on Regulating the Exercise of Political Rights stipulates that any person who participates more than once in an election or a referendum is punishable by imprisonment for not less than one month or a fine of 500 to 1,000 Egyptian pounds (about US$16.18 to $32.36), or both penalties.

The Election Authority’s Main Role

The National Elections Authority’s main responsibility is to supervise presidential and parliamentary elections to ensure that the electoral process and candidates abide by the applicable laws and the Egyptian Constitution. (Law No. 198 of 2017, art. 3.) The elections authority also prepares and updates the database of voters, and monitors candidates’ electoral campaigns, funding, and expenses. (Egyptian Constitution of 2014, as amended, art. 208.)

Presidential Elections

The president is elected by direct secret ballot by an absolute majority of votes. (Art. 143.)

Presidential elections take place at least 120 days before the end of the presidential term. The result of a presidential election must be announced at least 30 days before the end of term. (Art. 140, para. 2.)

George Sadek, Law Library of Congress
January 2, 2024

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