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Run-off presidential vote ends in Egypt

Monday, June 18, 2012

Egyptian voting extended

The voting in this weekend’s run-off elections for Egyptian President has been extended by two hours to 22.00 Cairo Time.

This should attract some of the voters who were reluctant to turn up at their polling stations in daytime heat.

The turnout so far has been described as ‘sluggish’.

The contest is between former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamad Morsi.


Jun 17, 2012


Run-off presidential vote ends in Egypt


Voting has ended in Egypt’s first presidential run-off election since the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

The two contenders were Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood candidate, and Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander who served as the last prime minister under Mubarak.

The 2 days of voting ended at 8 PM on Sunday, when ballot counting started immediately.

The parliament that had convened for the first time in January last year was recently dissolved after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled the series of elections were unconstitutional. Military and police have sealed off the building from protesters.

The Islamists had dominated the parliament, but now have lost their power base. They now feel that their candidate must win the presidential race.

Candidates that had the support of young people, who were the driving force in ousting Mubarak, were eliminated in the first round of voting.

Some called for a boycott of the vote and turnout is expected to be low.

The election committee will announce the official result on Thursday, but preliminary results by local media are expected on Monday.

Jun. 17, 2012 – Updated 20:59 UTC (05:59 JST)