Preliminary results show Egypt's Sisi leading voting: newspaper

Preliminary results show Egypt's Sisi leading voting: newspaper

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 Akhbar el-Youm newspaper did not report the full turnout but said Sisi won 21.4 million votes, and his rival Moussa Mostafa Moussa 721,000 votes, without mentioning the number of spoiled ballots.

In presidential 2014, Sisi obtained nearly 24 million votes, 97%, compared to about 760,000, 3%, which added its n competitor, Hamdin Sabahi, with a participation of 47% of voters registered.

Initial estimates by state media placed turnout at around 40 per cent at most, well below the 47 per cent in the vote that brought Sisi his first term in 2014.

A runoff will be held if no single candidate gains more than 50 percent of the vote, according to Egypt's electoral law.

El-Sissi's sole challenger Moussa Mostafa Moussa is a little-known politician whose last-minute bid has been seen as mostly symbolic in order to give the election the appearance of a genuine contest.

The day before, the three-day presidential election voting marathon was completed in Egypt.

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"The votes of Egyptian masses will certainly remain a witness that our nation's will is strongly prevailing", a statement on his Facebook page said.

Voters had trickled into polling stations as authorities encouraged them to show up in high numbers. Official results are expected on April 2.

El-Sisi, who led the military overthrow of freely-elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013, has promised security and stability and to revive the economy after unrest that followed a 2011 popular uprising.

Voters at a polling station during the presidential in Cairo, Egypt, March 27, 2018.

A Reuters correspondent made the journey with one voter and spoke to three others who said they took the money.

Another group of women, who also declined to be named, said they had been promised bags of food containing rice and vegetable oil in exchange for votes.

Mahmoud el-Sherif, the spokesman of the election commission, said Wednesday at a press conference that the highest turnout was in Cairo, the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, and in northern Sinai, the epicenter of an insurgency by Islamic militants.

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