Egypt threatens non-voters with financial penalties

Egyptians dance and celebrate with an electoral poster of incumbent President Abdel Fattah al Sisi outside a polling station in central Cairo

Egypt Embarks on Second Day of Voting as Sisi Faces Little Resistance AFP FETHI BELAID by Edwin Mora27 Mar 20180 27 Mar 2018 27 Mar 2018

In Daqahliya, one of the country's most populated governorates, El-Sisi received 85 per cent of the vote, with nearly 47 per cent of eligible voters casting their running against a sole challenger, Ghad Party head Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

There were some 60 million people in Egypt who were registered to vote on March 26, 27, and 28.

"The people have chosen their president", the front page of state-run daily al-Gomhouria said.

Sisi was first elected in 2014 with 97 per cent of the vote, but with a modest turnout of about 47 per cent.

Imam affirmed that since the beginning of the first day of the election, general coverage has been positive with the exception of some articles by writers in global media outlets that are not accredited with the Egyptian Center for Foreign Correspondents. His sole rival is the little-known Moussa Mostafa Moussa, himself a Sisi supporter.

Egyptians began voting on Monday in a presidential election set to deliver an easy win for incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, with turnout the main focus after all serious opposition withdrew complaining of repression.

The government is hoping for high turnout to lend the election legitimacy, and has staggered the voting over three days, with polls closing Wednesday at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT).

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

Voters trickled into polling stations, even as authorities encouraged them to show up in high numbers.

The official results are not going to be made public until next April 2, according to forecasts of National Electoral Commission.

He said: "The votes of Egyptian masses will certainly remain a witness that our nation's will is strongly prevailing".

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

Some voters said they had received payments and other inducements to cast their ballots.

In the last election in 2014, about 37 percent of voters participated in the two-day election.

"But I know the enormous popularity of President Sisi", he said.

'I drive people to their polling stations, wait for them, and then take them back to collect the money, ' said one driver.

The fine has existed in Egyptian law for more than 30 years, Quds Press said, but was never implemented.

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