Egyptians vote on second day of presidential elections

27 Mar 2018

Egyptian citizens headed to polling stations across the country on Tuesday for the second day of voting in Egypt's 2018 presidential elections.

Voting is due to run from 9am to 9pm in 13,706 polling stations in all 26 governorates, with the process due to end after a third day on Wednesday.

Two candidates are running in the elections; incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and Ghad Party leader Moussa Mostafa Moussa. The winner will serve as Egypt's leader for the next four years.

The Egyptian National Elections Authority (NEA) said that initial indications suggeted high turnout on Monday, and it hopes for similar turnout on the two remaining days. The authority said it expected the process to be just as “orderly” as on Monday.

The highest voter participation was registered in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qalioubiya, Assiut and Aswan, the NEA said, as well as in Alexandria, which witnessed a terrorist car-bombing on Saturday targetting the governorate's security director. Two policemen died in the attack, but the security director emerged unscathed.

The NEA also reported high turnout in North Sinai, where Egypt's security forces have been continuing their Operation Sinai 2018 counter-terrorism effort. The high turnout indicates that the security problems have not affected the election process, the NEA said.