Egypt extends presidential election for third day

Egypt`s electoral commission extended on Tuesday a presidential vote for a third day, amid reports of a low turnout in the first poll after the overthrow of the Islamist leader, state media said.

AFP| Last Updated: May 27, 2014, 23:35 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt`s electoral commission extended on Tuesday a presidential vote for a third day, amid reports of a low turnout in the first poll after the overthrow of the Islamist leader, state media said.
Former chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted president Mohamed Morsi last year, is the clear frontrunner in the election, which was originally scheduled to be held on just yesterday and today.
Sisi`s backers had hoped for a large turnout for a decisive show of support.
The decision to extend the voting into Wednesday was made to "give a chance to the largest possible number of voters to cast their ballots," said a member of the electoral commission quoted by state news agency MENA.