EGP 500 Fine for Not Voting in Egypt's Elections

Voting in Egypt Presidential Election Enters Final Day

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.

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