Egypt's Al-Sisi Wins Second Term In Heavily-boycotted Election

EGP 500 Fine for Not Voting in Egypt's Elections

Sisi's sole challenger was the little-known Moussa, himself a supporter of the president, who registered immediately before the close date for applications, saving the election from being a one-horse race.

According to Al-Ahram, in addition to 23 million who cast valid votes, two million spoiled their ballot papers.

However, as it was predicted even before the ballot, al-Sisi won a second presidential term.

Mr Sisi led the military's overthrow of Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. With Mr Sisi's re-election appearing certain before voting began on Monday, many analysts said turnout would be an important measure of his legitimacy.

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In a state TV interview ahead of the election, Sisi urged all eligible voters to take part in the polls regardless of whom they would vote for, expressing his wish to have had more challengers in the bid.

Twenty-five million of the 60 million registered voters turned out during the three days of polling that ended Wednesday.

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Authorities were keen to ensure a higher turnout this time around as Sisi saw attendance at polls as a referendum on his popularity and was seeking a strong mandate to fight militants and push through tough economic reforms. Despite extended voting hours and reports of attempts to entice people to cast their ballots with offers of food and money, and sometimes threats, the turnout remained low.

A spokeswoman for the Sisi campaign told the BBC that it was a "one million per cent democratic process". The official results will be announced on April 2.

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