Egypt's Sisi poised to sweep president poll

Egyptians head to the polls on Monday but the presidential election this time is not about who wins — that was

Voting in Egypt Presidential Election Enters Final Day

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with about 92 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday, with just over 40 percent of voters casting ballots.

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.

The number of eligible voters who cast their ballots stood at 95,486, with 86,112 valid votes registered, it said.

A runoff will be held if no single candidate gains more than 50 percent of the vote, according to Egypt's electoral law.

Mr Sisi's only remaining challenger, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a supporter of the president won 721,000 votes.

It is all a question of authorities providing at least a relatively high voter turnout for the elections, which actually became a vote of confidence in the reelected Egyptian leader.

The vote counting started right after closure of polling centres nationwide at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Voters cast their ballots at some 13,706 polling stations nationwide, with about 18,000 judges overseeing the voting process that is also monitored by at least 53 local organizations and nine worldwide ones, besides more than 680 foreign reporters.

"The voice of the Egyptian masses will undoubtedly remain a witness that the will of our nation is imposing itself with a force that knows no weakness", he wrote on Twitter. The voter turnout data during the three-day voting are not yet given.

Sisi overthrew former president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in a 2013 uprising in the country. Although the official results are expected to be announced on Monday, the former military commander is already slated to serve a second term.

Other tactics have also been deployed, with some voters saying they were paid and given other incentives to cast their ballots.

'I drive people to their polling stations, wait for them, and then take them back to collect the money, ' said one driver.

Mahmoud el-Sherif, the spokesman of the election commission, said Wednesday at a press conference that the highest turnout was in Cairo, the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, and in northern Sinai, the epicenter of an insurgency by Islamic militants.

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