Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with a sweeping majority, garnering nearly 92 per cent of vote share, state media reports said on Thursday.
State-owned newspapers Al-Ahram and Akhbar el-Youm, and the official MENA news agency reported that around 23 million of the 60 million registered voters turned out during the three days of polling that ended on Wednesday.
Sisi’s only challenger and al Ghad party chief Moussa Mostafa Moussa was able to get only three per cent of vote share. In Sidi Gaber in Alexandria governorate, Sisi won 83,631 votes against 2,474 votes for his rival, a PTI report said. Meanwhile, the official results will be announced on April 2.
Praising voters for huge turnout late Wednesday, Sisi posted their photos on social media.
Sisi contested for the polls almost unchallenged. After the arrest of some other serious candidates, who were either arrested or intimidated, Sisi’s expectations to win a second four-year term increased.
“The voice of the masses of Egyptians will remain a witness – no doubt – that the will of our nation is prevailing with a force that does not know weakness,” Sisi was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
“The scenes of the Egyptians outside the polling stations will remain a matter of honour and pride for me and hard evidence of the greatness of our nation,” he added.
As per statistics are concerned, about 60 million people were eligible to vote in the election which was held in 13,687 polling stations across the country. The polling was conducted under the supervision of 18,678 judges from various judicial bodies and authorities.
To ensure a free and fair voting, police and army personnel maintained a tight vigil near the polling stations. Sisi overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. He was elected for a four-year presidential term in 2014.
With inputs from PTI