Sisi secures second term in office

Sisi is expected to secure at least 90% of the vote against his sole election rival.
Friday 30/03/2018
A woman walks past a billboard showing a picture of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a sandstorm in Cairo, on March 28. (Reuters)
A woman walks past a billboard showing a picture of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during a sandstorm in Cairo, on March 28. (Reuters)

CAIRO - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to secure a second presidential term, state media reported, based on preliminary election results.

Egypt’s state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported that Sisi was expected to secure at least 90% of the vote against his sole election rival, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, leader of El-Ghad party.

Few had expected Sisi to face much trouble in his re-election bid, especially after better-known potential rivals failed to register for a variety of reasons. Moussa had endorsed Sisi’s re-election before becoming a last-minute candidate.

Preliminary information indicates Moussa took just 3-4% of the vote.

The main question had been voter turnout and Egypt’s National Election Authority worked to ensure a high rate of participation. Turnout at Egypt’s presidential elections in 2014, which Sisi won with more than 97% of the vote, was 47.5%. In 2012, turnout in the first round was 46% and 52% in the election run-off.

Preliminary information indicates that more than 25 million Egyptians, out of 59.8 million eligible voters, voted in the election. If correct, this means the voter turnout was approximately 40%, lower than hoped but higher than the 2005 elections, in which voter turnout was estimated at 25%.

Preliminary information suggested that about 7% of voters invalidated their ballots, part of a boycott campaign called after questions over a lack of political competition in the country.

Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported that, in Alexandria, Sisi secured approximately 88% of the vote, with a turnout of around 39%. In the governorate of Ad Dakahlia, one of the country’s most populated regions, Sisi received 85% of the vote and turnout was an estimated 47%. Similar figures were reported in the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbia and the coastal governorate of Beheira.

After polls closed March 28, completing three days of voting, Sisi praised the Egyptians who voted.

“The voice of the Egyptian masses will undoubtedly remain a witness that the will of our nation is imposing itself with a force that knows no weakness,” he posted on Twitter.

“The scenes of Egyptians at polling stations will remain my source of pride and honour and a compelling proof of the greatness of our nation, whose most precious sons have offered [their] blood so that we can move together towards the future,” he added.

Official results and voter turnout figures are to be announced April 2.