A few tens of meters from the main street polling station of an agricultural village of 50,000 near Mounib in the Giza province, south of Cairo, dozens of women dressed in djellabas and colorful veils marry under a belt. tent installed by one of the big local families, Monday, April 22. A banner proclaims the family's support for the constitutional revision project on which 61 million Egyptians were called to vote by referendum from April 20 to 22.
The flagship amendment should allow President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sissi to remain in power until 2030. After showing their ringlet stained pink ink, proof of their passage in the voting booth, these voters recover a stamp stamped that they hasten to exchange next to a food parcel, under the passive eye of the police who secure the ballot.
Local employees and poll workers do not know what's going on outside. At the national level, the General Information Agency assured Monday that it observed only a few isolated cases "The goal is to encourage people to vote, not to direct them to a specific choice". These voting buying techniques, that The world was also able to observe in front of several offices of the downtown of Cairo, are recurring in the Egyptian polls. This time, the support of President Sissi – politicians, businessmen and local dignitaries – mobilized to encourage participation, the main issue of a poll that has little interest in the Egyptian street.
"The chiefs of the four big local families made arrangements with security: one finance the tents, the other the parcels, another the minibuses that bring people, the last the fruit juices. They are still with the authorities because they have their business, in agriculture and industry. They were with [l’ancien président Hosni] Mubarak before, they are with Sissi today "says Said (the name was changed), a forty-year-old businessman from one of the big local families. "They give parcels to women because they are easier to control and because many men are ashamed to go get a package"he adds.