Sisi wins second term with 92 pc of vote in Egypt

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with about 92 per cent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday, with just over 40 per cent of voters casting ballots. Twenty-five million of the 60 million registered voters, or some 41.5 per cent, turned out during the three days of polling that ended on Wednesday, Al Ahram reported.
Twenty-three million voted for Sisi.
The Akhbar el Youm newspaper did not report the full turnout but said Sisi won 21.4 million votes, and his rival Moussa Mostafa Moussa 721,000 votes, without mentioning the number of spoiled ballots.
According to Al Ahram, in addition to 23 million who cast valid votes, two million spoiled their ballot papers.
Sisi’s sole challenger was the little-known Moussa, himself a supporter of the president. Moussa conceded his loss on Wednesday night, telling a television station he had hoped for 10 per cent of the vote. “But I know the immense popularity of President Sisi,” he said.
Sisi won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 per cent of the vote.
Turnout of 47 per cent in that year’s election was sharply higher than this year’s 40 per cent despite appeals from Prime Minister Sherif Ismail for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.
Boycotters who cannot show good reason for not going to the polls could a face a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros), the electoral commission has warned.
At a news conference, election commission official, Mahmud al Sherif, said there had been no violations of Egypt’s election law. — AFP