Trying to Boost Egypt's Turnout
Egypt’s presidential election was extended for a third day on Tuesday, in an effort to boost low voter turnout.
The move followed what election monitors, local media and political observers described as a lacklustre showing in a poll that was virtually certain to make former military chief Abdel Fattah El Sisi the next president.
Mr El Sisi’s campaign had hoped for a high turnout to add legitimacy to his rise to power after he played a leading role in the removal of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi following vast anti-government rallies last summer...
Election officials warned yesterday that they would impose fines of $72 (Dh 264) – a significant sum for many Egyptians – on abled-bodied voters who did not cast ballots.
Voting was extended by an extra hour to 10pm and the government announced that the second day of the election would be a public holiday to enable the 5.5 million government workers more time to cast ballots.This whole process probably seems especially dull after a couple of years of real elections.