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Day two of Egypt's presidential elections running smoothly: NEA

Ahram Online , Tuesday 27 Mar 2018
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Egyptian voters outside a polling station in Cairo's Dar Al-Salam (Photo:Ayat El-Tawy)
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Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) has said that the second day of the presidential elections is running smoothly on Tuesday across the country, where millions of Egyptians are expected to pick the nation’s president for the next four years.

Incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is expected to defeat his lesser-known rival, the head of the Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa. If El-Sisi wins, he will serve his second and final four-year term as president, according to the constitution.

Ahram Online visited a polling station in Maadi, Cairo, where people blasted patriotic songs to encourage the public to vote.

The women-only polling station, which had no queues, is guarded by army officers and soldiers wearing black balaclavas and taking photographs with voters.

All the voters who spoke to Ahram Online said they are voting for President El-Sisi.

"I don't go out often, but I can see in the media that [El-Sisi] is developing the country and inaugurating new projects," said Mona Taha, a 58-year-old housewife who cast her ballot for El-Sisi.

Nada Al-Sebaey, a 62-year-old retired banker, said that El-Sisi is "the right man in the right place. He has saved the country from chaos; these four years have been full of achievements."

Egypt's Ministry of Health announced that a voter died on Sunday at a polling station in Cairo.

The ministry said in a statement on Monday that the 45-year-old woman suffered from hypotension and passed away at a polling station at Huda Shaarawy school in Helwan, Cairo.

The ministry said that 104 voters fell ill at polling stations, adding that 20 received medical aid at the stations and the rest were taken to hospital for treatment.

On Saturday, Minister of Health Emad Radi said that the ministry would be deploying 2,400 ambulances to major polling stations during the elections.

The elections will conclude on Wednesday, and the official results will be announced on 2 April.

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