Egyptians start voting in final round of constitutional referendum
Egyptians started Saturday morning casting their votes in the final round of a controversial constitutional referendum that had stirred up divisions between the country's liberals and Islamists.
As many as 25 million eligible voters in 17 governorates, including Giza, Suez, Ismailia and Port Said, start to cast their votes at 8:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), to determine the destiny of the country's draft constitution.
While waiting for his turn at a polling station in Boulak Dakrour neighborhood in Giza governorate, Ahmed Yassin, a 38-year- old accountant, said that he would say "Yes" to the draft constitution because "It is not too bad; it is 70 or 80 percent good. And if we say 'No' we will have to elect a new constituent assembly and in the end we will not reach consensus. So, I will say 'Yes' to establish the country's institutions."
"I will say 'No' of course!" said Radwa Hamed, a 33-year-old teacher, while waiting in a long queue at her polling station at Sheikh Zayed District, 6th of October City, Giza. "This constitution has a lot of articles that would ruin Egypt and it was written by dishonest people whom we don't trust," she added.
Unofficial results said that 56.5 percent of voters approved the draft constitution in the first round of referendum last week.