Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi wins more than 90% of the presidential vote, according to preliminary estimates released on March 29 by the state press, but the turnout is below 50%, according to the same sources. sources.
Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi would have obtained 92% of the votes in a poll without surprise whose sole real stake was the participation rate, estimated at about 40% according to the first estimates published by the Egyptian news agency Mena on the 29th. March. About 23 million people reportedly participated in the ballot, out of some 60 million voters, according to provisional data. The official results will be officially announced Monday.
Elected with 96.9% of the vote in 2014, President Sissi was assured of his re-election in this new election held on March 26th or 28th against only one opponent, Moussa Mostafa Moussa. The latter, unknown to the general public and prominent supporter of the head of state, won 3% of the vote according to estimates by Al-Ahram .
Counting of the ballots began as soon as the polls closed at 8:00 pm on March 28 and the Egyptian press quickly published local estimates. All these estimates showed Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi’s overwhelming and unsurprising victory in various localities.
The National Election Authority warned that abstainers would be punished. “This is not something new,” insisted the spokesman of this body at a press conference on March 28, citing a law, not applied so far, punishing a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros) “all those who, without excuse, do not vote”.
In the 2014 presidential elections, voter turnout reached 37% after two days of voting and 47.5% after a one-day extension.