Preliminary results show Egypt's Sisi leading presidential race: state newspaper

Voters at a polling station during the presidential in Cairo Egypt

Voters at a polling station during the presidential in Cairo Egypt

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with a sweeping majority, bagging almost 92 per cent of vote share, state media reports said on Thursday.

Egypt's elections commission threatened to impose fines on those who did not come out and vote in the presidential elections, Quds Press reported yesterday.

The newspaper confirmed the percentage of "about 92%" of votes for Sisi.

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. Sissi's only opponent was Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little-known politician who supports the president and made no effort to campaign against him.

It is all a question of authorities providing at least a relatively high voter turnout for the elections, which actually became a vote of confidence in the reelected Egyptian leader.

Vote counting began after polls closed late on Wednesday, wrapping up three days of voting. His rival Moussa gained less than 3 percent of the vote and some 9 percent of voters had invalidated their ballots there. Official results are due on April 2.

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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.

Other tactics have also been deployed, with some voters saying they were paid and given other incentives to cast their ballots.

"The scenes of the Egyptians outside polling stations will remain sources of honour and pride for me, and conclusive evidence of the greatness of our nation", Sisi posted on his Facebook page right after the poll closure. In a nearby polling center, the turnout reached 34 percent, according to figures provided by judges there.

"I have only one wish and if it's accomplished, I will be very happy", said Ashraf Ahmed, a 50-year-old ceramic sculptor smoking a shisha in a cafe. Egypt's electoral spokesman said Wednesday he was personally opposed to the imposition of fines, although theoretically, the law could be applied.

At some polling stations, voters were granted free meals.

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