Voting in Egypt’s presidential election has resumed today with the winner largely seen as a foregone conclusion.
Former army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is expected to emerge as leader from the two-day poll.
While opinions differ over the size of turnout what was obvious was the huge security operation mounted by the police and military. There are fears of militant attacks aimed at disrupting proceedings.
“It’s clear that the turnout is low but thank God there have been no problems so far, “ said one voter.
“I came this morning at 9.30 and found all of Egypt queuing and it felt like everyone was coming here to vote. I found huge queues of men this side and women on the other side so I said ‘I’ll come when I’ve finished work’. I came and found it extremely easy and was treated with such respect – respect I’ve not seen like this before, “ said another.
On Monday morning there was a scrum of reporters and supporters when Sisi cast his ballot.
Since he toppled the country’s first freely elected leader, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sisi is seen by his supporters as a hero.
His one challenger is the leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi . Other potential candidates have not run saying the climate was not conducive to democracy.