Voters write their ballots at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 22, 2015. Egyptians began voting Sunday in the second phase of the country's first parliamentary election since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013. (Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)
Voters write their ballots at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 22, 2015. Egyptians began voting Sunday in the second phase of the country's first parliamentary election since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013. (Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)

Egyptian election authority decided on Wednesday to refer 53.98 million eligible voters to prosecution for not showing up and casting their votes in the recently concluded elections, official MENA news agency reported.

The decision came following a meeting of the board of the National Election Authority (NEA) to discuss mechanisms of implementing a penalty imposed on absent voters according to the Law on Exercising Political Rights.

The NEA board agreed to prepare lists of the names of the eligible voters who missed the Senate elections to punish them according to the law, which states that the penalty is a fine that doesn’t exceed 500 Egyptian pounds (about 31.5 U.S. dollars).

Last week, the NEA announced that the voter turnout in Egypt’s Senate elections that were held earlier in August stood at 14.23 percent, as about 9 million voters out of nearly 63 million eligible voters went to polling stations to elect their representatives at the country’s first Senate, which was created in a 2019 constitutional amendment.

The new Senate will be an advisory body to the main House of Representatives without legislative authorities, replacing the Shoura Council, the upper house of Egypt’s parliament that was dissolved in 2014.
Voters elected 200 members of the 300-seat chamber while the other 100 will be appointed by the president.

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