Egypt: Sisi wins second term with 92% of the vote

Egypt: Sisi wins second term with 92% of the vote

Results indicated presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi obtained approximately 23 million votes, accounting for 92 percent of total votes.

His only challenger, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, a Sisi supporter, garnered 721,000 votes, the newspaper reported.

Egyptian voters weren't interested in President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's only opponent.

In Daqahliya, one of the country's most populated governorates, El-Sisi received 85 percent of the vote and Moussa polled just 2 percent, with nearly 47 percent of eligible voters casting their ballots, according to Ahram Arabic.

The election saw a moderate turnout estimated at around 40 percent, with 24 million citizens casting their ballots.

"The biggest challenge for him [el-Sisi] is the economy", Mohamed Elmasry, a political analyst told Al Jazeera.

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.

Polling stations in Egypt closed Wednesday at 10 p.m. local time (0800 GMT), bringing an end to the presidential elections.

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In Cairo's heavily populated, middle-class district of Shubra, a trickle of voters, mainly older women, could be seen outside two polling stations.

"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 spokesman for Egypt's National Electoral Commission, Mahmoud el-Sherif, told journalists Wednesday that official final results would not be announced until Monday, April 2.

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 voters said they had received payments and other inducements to cast their ballots.

A Reuters correspondent made the journey with one voter and spoke to three others who said they took the money.

Voters at a polling station during the presidential in Cairo, Egypt, March 27, 2018.

But with some private television stations reporting that he could achieve a vote share of 95 per cent or more, el-Sisi issued a defiant statement expressing pride at the way Egyptians had conducted themselves during the election.

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