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A laborer recovers metal pieces from the soil, working hard to ensure that his children will have a good day’s meal.
"Black and Bold"- A labourer holds out his discolored and calloused hands which have endured years of hard shifts at the metal polishing factory.
"A rusty affair"- A worker covers his face with a piece of cloth while working at a metal polishing factory during International Labour Day in Lahore, Pakistan. Many laborers throughout the country often work under difficult and dangerous circumstances without using proper safety equipment.
A labourer separates metal from soil with the help of a small magnet.
A job notice is displayed outside a factory to attract new recruits. The daily income of labourers is set at one dollar per day, equaling to $60 per month.
Cairo, Egypt | May 19, 2012
Secretary-General of the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) Hatem Bagato said at a press conference held on Saturday, May 19, that Egypt's post-revolution presidential election would be free and fair.
Bagato showed during the conference a number of new security measures that will be used to ensure that the vote would be transparent and fair including ballots with embedded security stamps that cannot be photocopied and transparent folders in which judges monitoring the vote will place their results.
Bagato said that the number of those who have the right to vote in Egypt is around 50,407,266 voters, adding that several of those listed on the official voters' lists are suspected to be dead.
He affirmed that the SPEC did not receive conclusive information to confirm their deaths, noting that some of the death certificates have not been issued yet.
Bagato also touched on the issue of the veiled women voters, stressing that any veiled woman who refuses to raise the veil and reveal her face and hands would not allowed to vote, because this is the law, adding that the judges of Egypt would apply the law to protect the nation.
He added that there will be female observers to make it easier for the veiled women voters.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - Secretary-General of the (SPEC) Hatem Bagato:
"God willing, we will put a woman among the observers as more than one observer will be present to make it easier for the voters. It will be a woman so the judge can use her for the detection of face and hands of the veiled voter to make sure that she is the one who casting her ballot and the judge has the right to check the identity of the voter by any means."
He said that there is coordination with the police to arrest anyone trying to violate the electoral silence period by making propaganda for any presidential candidate, especially outside polling stations.
Analysts said that authorities couldn't use violence against any voter.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Journalist at al-Shrouk newspaper, Ahmed Ghazy:
"I don't think that a policeman or army officer would use violence against voters. This won't happen as actually this didn't take place at the recent parliamentary elections of Egypt's two houses of the parliament "the People's Assembly and the Shura Council, therefore this won't happen in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections". Bagato also denied that there was any fraud in the elections committees which took place abroad, pointing out that they discovered that the problem was mostly errors from the voters or the data.
Egypt's first presidential elections will take place over two days on May 23-24 and the runoff, if needed will be held on June 16-17.
It marks the first time that Egyptians will choose their leader in a race overseen by international monitors.
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: May 19, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: May 19, 2012
Video Size: 120 MB
Wide shot of banners of the Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) as well as its flag and the Egyptian flag
Wide shot of the attendees at the press conference held by the (SPEC)
Medium shot of Secretary-General of the (SPEC) Hatem Bagato speaking during the press conference
Medium shot of cameramen shooting during the conference
Various shots of the press conference
Various shots of statements explained by Bagato appearing via a monitor screen