Egypt: Sisi Hails Turnout of Masses in Presidential Elections

Egypt: Sisi Hails Turnout of Masses in Presidential Elections

Egypt: Sisi Hails Turnout of Masses in Presidential Elections

Egyptian authorities have warned people to vote or risk paying a fine, as they look to boost turnout in a lackluster election that is virtually guaranteed to hand President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a second four-year term.

Sissi faced only a token opponent in the vote, which resembled referendums held by autocrats for decades before the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 briefly raised hopes of democratic change.

Terror activities in Egypt have killed hundreds of security men and civilians since the military toppled Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now outlawed Brotherhood group.

Some people needed no inducement to vote.

Reuters correspondents, meanwhile, said they have witnessed multiple cases of state institutions, lawmakers, private businesses, and pro-Sisi individuals seeking to reward voters or make it seem turnout is higher than it actually was.

In total, 60 million citizens have the right to vote in Egypt.

According to Al-Ahram, in addition to the 23 million who cast valid votes, two million spoiled their ballot papers, inserting the names of candidates who were not among the only two approved.

He won that election with 96.9 per cent of the vote, against a left-wing candidate.

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El-Sisi is running nearly unchallenged after the other serious candidates were either arrested or intimidated, making turnout the main measure of his popularity with Egyptians who are widely expected to award him a second four-year term.

"All preliminary reports suggest that turnout is down compared to 2014 despite all the efforts that have been made to raise the numbers", Timothy Kaldas, non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, said.

Online critics, however, challenge Al-Ahram's figures, saying they have been vastly inflated.

At a speech before the vote he also called for a high turnout.

Tuk-tuks drove voters to cast their ballots and after returning to the office they were reportedly given payments of 50 pounds or two pound sterling.

All serious opposition dropped out the election race earlier this year citing intimidation after the main challenger, another former military chief, was arrested.

At a news conference, election commission official, Mahmud al-Sherif, said there had been no violations of Egypt's election law.

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