Preliminary results show Egypt's Sisi leading voting: newspaper

Mar 30, 2018, 00:11
Preliminary results show Egypt's Sisi leading voting: newspaper

"The voice of the masses of Egyptians will remain a witness - no doubt - that the will of our nation is prevailing with a force that does not know weakness", Sisi said on Facebook.

In presidential 2014, Sisi obtained nearly 24 million votes, 97%, compared to about 760,000, 3%, which added its n competitor, Hamdin Sabahi, with a participation of 47% of voters registered.

Voting was extended by one hour, the state news agency MENA reported.

Most Egyptians who voted for Sisi expressed their belief in him as a saviour from Islamist radicalism of the now blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group and trust in his leadership of the country for eradication of terrorism and for further security, stability and development.

Imam affirmed that since the beginning of the first day of the election, general coverage has been positive with the exception of some articles by writers in global media outlets that are not accredited with the Egyptian Center for Foreign Correspondents.

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The two sources said late on Wednesday the turnout figure could be less than 40 per cent.

The newspaper confirmed the percentage of "about 92%" of votes for Sisi. However, final results are due on Monday.

In an interview a few days ahead of the vote, el-Sissi had said he wished there were more candidates. The election commission had pledged the vote would be free and fair.

"I am here because I need security and stability", said 44-year-old government employee Amina el-Sayed. Sisi will win anyway.

Sisi won his first term in 2014, a year after the former army chief ousted his predecessor Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against him.

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Islam Mostafa, 25, said he was offered 100 pounds to vote but declined.

Father Marcus Ibrahim, a Coptic Christian priest who brought his son with him, said the church told worshippers to go and vote without supporting a certain candidate.

Asked for comment, the presidency spokesman said this was not a matter for the presidency to address and referred Reuters to the National Election Commission and spokespeople for the presidential campaigns. They also accuse the Egyptian authorities of forcing civil servants to vote and bribing poor people to cast ballots.

There are around 59 million eligible voters in Egypt.

The Egyptian administration has endeavoured to underpin political legitimation of Al-Sisi without shadow of high abstention, in face of appeals of opposition sectors to boycott elections.

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