EGP 500 Fine for Not Voting in Egypt's Elections

EGP 500 Fine for Not Voting in Egypt's Elections

Egyptian officials were counting votes on Thursday after an election set to hand President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a second term following a crackdown on dissent that removed serious challengers.

"The scenes of the Egyptians outside the polling stations will remain a matter of honour and pride for me and hard evidence of the greatness of our nation", he added.

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. "I didn't go to vote by my own free will and I would never for Sisi of my own free will", he said. But initial results from this week's presidential race suggest that the government's full-throttle push to get out the vote - the election's real litmus test - fell short.

In the polling centers this year, turnout appeared low over the first two days of voting then started to gain momentum by midday Wednesday, with short lines in front of some polling stations.

El-Sissi came to power in 2014, a year after he led the overthrow of the country's first democratically elected - but divisive - president Mohammed Morsi.

Polls were initially to close Wednesday at 9 p.m. but voting was extended for an hour.

His only challenger is Moussa Mostafa Moussa, a el-Sisi supporter widely seen as a dummy candidate.

The voter turnout in the 2014 presidential polls, which Sisi won by almost 97 per cent of the votes against leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, was about 47.5 per cent of some 53.8 million registered voters.

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

In the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbiya, El-Sisi obtained 90 percent of the vote, with a turnout of more than 50 percent, Egypt's state news agency MENA said.

"There are a total of 3,930 voters on this roster at our polling station and 1,409 voters of them cast their ballots in the past three days", said the head of a polling station in Cairo. Official results are to be released April 2 by the elections authority, but local media have been reporting figures from individual polling stations.

At the office of a logistics company in Cairo's working class Ward estate, employees collected national ID cards and informed people where they could vote.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Egg hunts on-Island and where to find them
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:43
There will be a worship service at 10 a.m.at Fort Harmar's River of Life Church followed by an egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Special visits from both "Hop" the Easter bunny and "Otis", the Hunt's miniature horse, will add to the festivities.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rusty Staub, beloved slugger who played 23 seasons, dies at 73
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:41
At the end of his distinguished career, Staub founded the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. NY traded Staub to Detroit in December 1975 and he made his final All-Star team with the Tigers in 1976.

Leaders of two Koreas to hold summit on April 27th
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:40
The North Korean leader's engagement with the worldwide community has sparked speculation that he may try to meet other leaders. The decision was reached by high-level delegates from Seoul and Pyongyang who met at the border village of Panmunjeom today.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Govt kicks off process to sell 76% stake in Air India
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:36
Management or employees can participate directly in the bidding process or by way of forming a consortium, the memorandum said. During the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the new Air India route as "historic".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran urges dialogue to settle Yemen conflicts
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:24
About 10,000 Yemenis have been killed and 53,000 wounded since the start of the coalition intervention in Yemen. Iran basically believes in no other solution than a political one to the conflict in Yemen, he said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Orange County to support Trump's lawsuit against California
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:27
Dana Rohrabacher , a longtime Republican congressman from Huntington Beach, implored the county to oppose the state law. Another tasks California investigators with probing the detention conditions of immigrants held by ICE in the state.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump To Replace VA Secretary David Shulkin
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:26
VA, the second-largest federal bureaucracy, employs 360,000 people and accounts for $186 billion annually. Trump seems to still be infuriated by Tillerson, said a person who spoke with the president.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ecuador Cuts Off WikiLeaks Founder's Outside Communications
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:24
Assange, who after six years in confinement is reportedly in ailing health, was granted asylum by former president Rafael Correa. Ecuador suspended his internet access in 2016 after a WikiLeaks dump targeting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bubba Watson wins Match Play after denying Thomas top ranking
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:23
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo dropped out on Friday, finishing last in the 132-man field in his PGA Tour debut. Kisner had beaten Sweden's Alex Noren in their semi-final, with Noren then defeating Thomas 5&3 in a match for third place.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Five-seat VW Atlas Cross Sport concept takes on NYIAS 2018
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:14
Meanwhile, the Atlas Tanoak pickup - with its cargo system - is an ideal choice for driving across America's expansive landscapes. Volkswagen chose to use hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains with the Atlas Sport, at least for for the concept vehicle .

Latest Forecast: Rain And Snow Starts Wednesday Afternoon
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:11
Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine on Saturday then sunshine followed by increasing clouds on Easter Sunday . It will mix with some snow late in the evening before changing to all snow for a period of time overnight.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Waymo and Jaguar announce world's first premium electric self-driving SUV
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:46
Waymo has been testing autonomous cars in the wild for some time and has already racked up more than 5 million autonomous miles . The company expects that the 20,000 I-Pace SUVs alone will be enough to give roughly a million trips in a single day.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mayor, police chief announce internal investigation beginning in Alton Sterling shooting
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:44
Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Sterling's son, Cameron Sterling, said on Tuesday that the ruling emphasized their point. Their suit alleges the shooting fit a pattern of racist behavior and excessive force by the Baton Rouge police.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Odell Beckham rumors: Rams willing to trade first-round pick
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:43
As it stands, he's set to make around $8.5 million during the 2018 season as part of his fifth-year option. Giants owner John Mara on Sunday expressed his disappointment in Beckham, saying no player is untouchable.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stocks Edge Higher, Adding to Prior-Day Gains
Mar 28, 2018 - 01:43
CHINA FACTOR: The fears of worsening trade tensions eased after China's government said it is open to negotiating with Washington. That announcement followed a news report indicating that USA officials have submitted a list of market-opening requests.