Tuesday’s referendum marks on the first time voters in Egypt have cast ballots since a coup on July 3, 2013 ousted the first president freely elected in the country. The referendum is seen as a test of the post-coup leaders’ legitimacy.
Just moments prior to the polls opening, a strong blast could be hurt throughout the capital. The explosion was at the court complex in the district of Imbaba. No casualties had been reported
Leading up to Tuesday’s vote, some were expecting violence in parts of the country where the political divisions are deep and the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that ran the country in 2013, has now been labeled a terrorist organization and is outlawed.
Security forces were deployed to different polling stations across Egypt to make sure voters are safe and can cast their ballots.
In July of last year, the military ousted Mohammed Morsi from office. The coup leaders then suspended the constitution that had been drafted by Morsi’s government in 2012. The military put an interim president in to run the country and dissolved the parliament while calling for a new constitution.
Pending the approval of the new constitution, which a committee of 50 wrote, fresh elections for the presidency and parliament are expected in the summer.
Any problems with irregularity during the voting will be a bad sign for Egypt’s chances of reaching democracy. The voter turnout is of great importance said observers.
Last week expats from Egypt were able to cast ballots at the Egyptian embassies worldwide. In Egypt, the vote starts Tuesday and runs through Wednesday.
The constitution has some big changes that include the role of religion being reduced and that more rights are provided people, with more clarity about the type of rights they are.
It has been three years since the 2011 uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak the longtime dictator and launched the country on its road, albeit turbulent, towards democracy.
For the past six months, the supporters of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have opposed the current leaders in the country.