An Egyptian woman carries a poster of Egypt's presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after casting her vote in a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, May 27, 2014. Egypt's presidential election commission decided Tuesday to extend the two-day presidential voting period for one extra day, making it three full days of voting inside the country, state-run MENA news agency reported. (Xinhua/Cui Xinyu)
CAIRO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's presidential election commission decided Tuesday to extend the two-day presidential voting period for one extra day, making it three full days of voting inside the country, state-run MENA news agency reported.
"The purpose is to give the opportunity for a large number of voters to cast their votes and also to give a chance for non- resident voters to return to their original provinces to cast their votes," MENA quoted an election commission member as saying.
The Egyptian government had officially announced the second voting day as a public day off to increase the amount of participation in the polls. Meanwhile, the election body canceled the extra hour it decided earlier to extend for the second voting day.
Ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, 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.
About 54 million people are eligible to cast their votes in around 14,000 polling stations across the country's 27 provinces.
CAIRO, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Egypt pins hope on the late-May presidential polls and the election of a new president to help restore security and stability for the turmoil-stricken country.
Dire need for security and stability after three chaotic years that saw the ouster of two presidents is expected to motivate a lot of Egyptians to vote for strongman ex-military chief Abdel- Fattah al-Sisi as president. Full Story