Egyptians vote in second day of presidential election

Egypt PM Sherif Ismail

Sherif Ismail

In these elections, about 59 million Egyptians registered as voters began to elect the president, whether the current one, Abdel Fattah El Sisi, or the leader of the Ghad party, Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

The first day of the three-day election witnessed a remarkable turnout across the Egyptian governorates, Chief of the Egyptian cabinets operation room Ali Haridi was quoted as saying by the state-run news agency MENA.

Sisi overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

El-Sherif said that all polling stations opened on time on the second day of the presidential elections, with the exception of two stations in Alexandria and Saloum. Press cards issued to journalists note that "foreign observers" are banned from "interfering in the internal affairs of the country".

One judge said that voters, who trickled in in small numbers as he spoke, had often been coerced to vote. "You see groups coming together and you can ask them and see what brought them".

An Egyptian voter shows her stained fingers after casting her vote on the first day of the 2018 presidential election at a polling station in Al Ayyat, 60 kilometres south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on March 26, 2018.

As he spoke, loudspeakers played pro-army songs, while banners on nearby buildings extolled el-Sissi. Sissi's supporters say he rescued Egypt from a similar fate. There are 13,687 polling stations across Egypt.

He has also faced an insurgency by jihadist militants based in the Sinai Peninsula, who have killed hundreds of security personnel and civilians in attacks.

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