Monday, June 2, 2014

Egypt election: Push for high voter turnout

Polling in Egypt's presidential election has been extended, in an effort to effort to encourage a high turnout on the final day of voting. A public holiday has been declared, and voters have been warned they will be fined if they do not cast a ballot. The scale of turnout is seen as key to legitimising the winner. Former military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is the clear frontrunner.

He is standing against only one other candidate, left-winger Hamdeen Sabahi. Unofficial results are expected hours after polls close at 22:00 (19:00 GMT)It is the second presidential election since the 2011 revolution which toppled Hosni Mubarak. The previous elected President, Islamist Mohammed Morsi, was deposed by Mr Sisi in July 2012 following massive opposition protests.

Source: BBC

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