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Egyptians vote on last presidential poll day

English.news.cn   2014-05-27 14:48:07

CAIRO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Egyptians started Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. local time (0600 GMT) to cast their votes on the final day of the two-day presidential elections, the first polls since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year.

Ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who led Morsi's overthrow, is poised to score an easy win over his sole rival in the race, leftist leader Hamdeen Sabahy, who came third in the 2012 presidential election.

The former military chief won 94.5 percent of the votes cast by over 300,000 overseas Egyptians in 124 countries last week.

The government officially declared Tuesday as a public day off to increase the number of participation in the elections, the second step of the military-outlined post-Morsi roadmap after the newly-approved constitution. The election commission also decided to extend the end of voting to 10:00 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) for the same reason.

Although interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Monday that the government may extend the two-day polls for a third day, the election commission said it is the only body to decide.

About 54 million Egyptians are eligible to cast their votes in about 14,000 polling stations in the country's 27 provinces.

Editor: Fu Peng
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