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article imageEgypt election boosted by a day to compensate for low turnout

By Paul Iddon     May 27, 2014 in World
Fearing that the credibility of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be undermined by low voter turnout in the presidential election the present authorities in Egypt the presidential election has been extended by a day.
Al Jazeera informs us that this comes after fewer people turned out than was initially expected and hoped.
We are now in the second day of Egypt's presidential elections and so far they have been marred by low turnout.
One official from the monitoring group Global Network for Rights and Development has explained that, "There was a high turnout yesterday in the morning, about 12 percent by midday, but it decreased in the afternoon. Today there's very few people voting. The voting is low."
Sisi has hoped for an overall turnout of 40 million – hence 80% of the voter population.
It has even been reported, by the BBC and others, that registered Egyptian voters have been sent text messages telling them they will be fined if they don't go and vote. The fine is valued at $72USD.
Today was declared a public holiday in Egypt. A clear attempt to increase voter turnout which appears to have failed.
250,000 soldiers and police officers are on active duty across the country to prevent any attempted militant attacks.
Sisi appeared in public to cast his own vote and declared that, "The Egyptians are coming out to write their history and chart their future."
It is clear that Mr. Sisi is destined to win this election. He has only one contender, the leftist named Hamdeen Sabahi who came third in the last presidential election which Mohammed Morsi won back in 2012. A high turnout in his view is important as it gives him the aura of being a legitimate leader.
Reuters quotes a 27-year-old Egyptian who had some quasi pro-Sisi sentiments before the election. He stated that, "I was going to vote for Sisi because he will be the president anyway, and because I was grateful to him for removing the [Muslim] Brotherhood from power. But now I won't go as I felt people are unhappy with the chaos of the past months and are not as pro-Sisi as I thought."
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