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Sunday, 25 October 2020

Egypt’s House of Representatives elections in the limelight on the airwaves

The first day of voting in the House of Representatives elections here at home was in the limelight on the airwaves last night, with coverage from Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 33:34), Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 16:50), Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 20:01), El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 6:25), and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 8:07).

Still not quite sure how the list vs. individual candidate system works? Al Wafd Party head Bahaa Abu Shoka broke it all down for El Hosary (watch, runtime: 10:38).

The monitoring of the elections — and the lack of complaints filed on the first day — were also key talking points. National Elections Authority boss Lashin Ibrahim had a chat with Lamees about the voting day, including covid-19 precautionary measures such as providing voters with masks at no charge and ensuring social distancing, and said the authority could decide to keep polls open until later if need be (watch, runtime: 7:45). Al Hayah Al Youm's Lobna Assal hosted a roundtable with international observers, who also had no concerns to raise with the process (watch, runtime: 38:34).

The restoration of 69 artefacts, including 16 Ancient Egyptian pieces, that were sprayed with olive oil at a Berlin museum earlier this month will take two months to complete, Egypt’s ambassador to Germany Khaled Galal told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 4:23).

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