Egypt Independent

Sisi approves plan to secure referendum

Defense Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has approved a security plan for the constitutional referendum, which is set to take place on 14 and 15 Jan, according to a government source.

The unidentified source said that more than 160,000 soldiers will assist police in securing 30,317 polling stations across Egypt.

 Nearly 52 million citizens are eligble to vote for or against the new draft constitution.

 The source noted that the military’s central command will monitor the situation on the ground through aircrafts and mobile broadcast units.

 The interim government is seeking legitimacy at home and abroad through the upcoming referendum.

 Muslim Brotherhood-led groups had voiced intentions to boycott the vote and intensify protests to disrupt the process, which they deem as illegitimate.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm