There was a slow trickle of late night voters casting their ballots at a Cairo polling station on Tuesday night.
As a result of the unexpectedly low turnout, Egypt’s two-day presidential election has been extended for a third day.
Euronews reporter Mohammed Shaikhibrahim:
“The High Committee of Elections said that it had decided to extend the voting process to allow those working far from home to return to their original districts to cast their votes, but some see it as an attempt to raise the participation rate, which is still somewhere between weak to medium according to observers,”
With only 37 percent of people having so far voted our reporter went to find out what was putting some people off:
“I ‘ve taken part and voted several times in the past and in the end nothing’s been achieved, my votes were thrown away five times before, so why should I do it again? It’s not worth making the journey,” said one man.
“It’s sure al-Sisi will win in this election, so there is no need for all of us to go and vote… it’s just a show which people are supporting but we will then end up with the old regime again,” was the opinion of reluctant voter.
For the former army chief Abdel Fattah-al-Sisi the stakes are high. Locked in a battle with the Muslim Brotherhood after toppling Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last year, a low turn out could seriously damage his credibility.
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