Live Updates: Final day of voting in Egypt’s Presidential Election

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The first of two days of voting in Egypt’s presidential election ended peacefully without any major incident despite minor skirmishes reported in Minya’s Delga district between security forces and Morsi supporters.

Egypt’s popular talk show program run by Amr Adib confirmed a young pro-sisi activist was gunned down near Kerdasa in what appears to be a targeted assassination.

Egyptians are now heading out to the polls for the final time to elect their president. El-Sisi is expected to comfortably win the election however many Egyptians, journalists and international observers consider the turn out to be crucial. Some are saying the turnout so far has been lower than expected whilst others suggest that the election process has been improved significantly with more polling places and better organisation.

Once again there are numerous reports of large numbers of women voting in all electorates.

The Presidential Elections Commission has announced that voting hours will be extended to 10pm and government workers given the day off, to encourage Egyptians to cast their ballots.

Sabahi’s campaign reported some minor violations such as delays in opening some polling stations. Sabahi’s campaign said in a mid-day press conference that its reports indicated a modest turnout.

The previous presidential run-off saw over 26 million Egyptians cast their votes in the runoff which brought Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi to power. Earlier this year 20 million Egyptians took part in a constitutional referendum in January. There are 53 Million eligible voters out of an estimated total population of 90 Million.

The latest tweets for Tuesday 27 May 2014 on day 2 from Egyptian campaigners, journalists, activists and other public figures from Egypt and around the world.

 

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