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Egyptian MP proposes ‘extra grade points’ for students who vote in presidential elections

In this file photo, election officials wait for voters inside a polling station on the second day of voting in the Egyptian election of 2014. (REUTERS)
A parliamentarian in Egypt has reportedly suggested that students who take part in the upcoming nationwide presidential elections should be allocated “extra grade points” for their participation.
Member of Parliament Dina Abdel Aziz was quoted as saying that her idea is aimed at encouraging students to participate in the election process.
Speaking on the phone to an Egyptian talk show on Saturday, she said she had discussed the idea with followers of her personal Facebook account, denying that she intended to bring up the subject in the parliament.
“The proposal is based on motivating students between the ages of 18 to 22 years to participate in the political process in accordance with Article 82 of the constitution, which stipulates that the state shall ensure the welfare of young people and youth, and to discover their talents and develop their abilities in all fields,” she said, as quoted by Al-Masry El-Youm.
Presidential elections in Egypt are set to take place from March 26- 28 with only two candidates running — current president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and political figure Mousa Mostafa Mousa.

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