Sisi leads, Zahran and Omar compete for second in Egypt's presidential elections: Preliminary results

Radwa ElSayed Hani , Wednesday 13 Dec 2023

The preliminary results of Egypt's 2024 presidential elections vote count indicate that incumbent President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is leading with over 90 percent of the votes, as reported by Extra News TV channel on Wednesday.

Election officials count the ballots at a polling station at Abdeen district in downtown Cairo, December, 2023. AFP


Meanwhile, presidential candidates Farid Zahran, representing the Social Democratic Party, and Hazem Omar, representing the People's Republican Party, are competing to secure second place, the channel said, citing preliminary results conducted by the general committees in various governorates across the country.

Following these reports, Abdel-Sanad Yamama, the presidential candidate from the Wafd party, who is expected to come in fourth, declared on Wednesday that he has no plans to appeal the decisions of the general committees.

In an interview with Cairo24 news website, Yamama indicated that he has not received official numbers from the general committees, adding that he will meet with members of his campaign in the upcoming hours to discuss the latest developments.

The three-day voting period in Egypt’s presidential elections wrapped up on Tuesday.

A day earlier, the NEA executive director said that approximately 30 million people, or 45 percent of eligible voters, had cast their ballots by the afternoon of the second day, 

Preliminary count


Extra News channel reported on Wednesday some preliminary vote counts from general committees nationwide.

In Committee No. 23 of the Nozha Police Department in Cairo governorate, out of a total of 208,369 valid votes:
El-Sisi: 197,356 (94.7 percent)
Zahran: 5,264 (2.5 percent)
Yamama: 1,024 votes (0.5 percent)
Omar: 4,725 (2.3 percent).

Committee No. 1 in Alexandria governorate announced a 71 percent voter turnout with a total of 208,373 valid votes, including:
El-Sisi: 183,152 votes (87.9 percent)
Zahran: 1,881 votes (0.9 percent)
Yamama: 572 votes (0.3 percent)
Omar: 22,768 votes (11 percent)

In Kafr El-Zayat in Gharbiya governorate, out of a total of 216,102 valid votes:
El-Sisi: 194,472 (90 percent)
Zahran: 3,541 votes (1.6 percent)
Yamama: 8,398 votes (3.9 percent)
Omar: 9,691 votes (4.5 percent)

In Mansoura in Daqahliya governorate, out of a total of 171,922 valid votes:
El-Sisi: 145,614 votes (84.7 percent)
Zahran: 6,144 votes (3.6 percent)
Yamama: 7,393 votes (4.3 percent)
Omar: 12,771 votes (7.4 percent)

In Esna centre in Luxor governorate, out of a total of 188,646 valid votes:
El-Sisi: 177,482 votes (94.1 percent)
Zahran: 4,263 votes (2.2 percent)
Yamama: 6,539 votes (3.5 percent)
Omar: 362 votes (0.2 percent)

Monitoring and results

The NEA will receive appeals against the decisions of the electoral commission on 14 December and rule on them on 15 and 16 December. The final result will be announced on 18 December, if no run-off is required.

Meanwhile, Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly expressed gratitude to the Egyptian people for their active participation in the elections, acknowledging the significant roles played by the youth, women, elderly, and those with special needs.

During the weekly cabinet meeting held on Wednesday, Madbouly highlighted their awareness, patriotism, and commitment to their constitutional right to vote amid challenging times.

In addition, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) reported on Wednesday that its observers noticed a significant turnout compared to previous elections, with varying age groups participating.

In its final field report released Tuesday, which was carried out by 188 observers across the country, EOHR affirmed that the elections went smoothly without any practices or incidents that might critically threaten its integrity.

During a press conference Wednesday, the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), stated that the elections were conducted fairly and efficiently, adding that the observations recorded by its team and documented by its central operations room did not have a significant impact on the voting process.

AOHR followed the voting process through a random sample of five teams, across five regions nationwide, including 15 governorates.

The team of international observers consisted of 38 international observers from 18 Arab and European countries, including members of AOHR’s Board of Trustees, leaders of member organizations, and consultant experts.

Late Tuesday, Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) reported that 528 correspondents, representing 110 media outlets from 33 countries worldwide, conducted comprehensive field monitoring and visited numerous committees without facing any obstacles.

SIS stated that the foreign media coverage displayed objectivity, providing thorough reports on the electoral process throughout the day. While negative aspects were acknowledged, particularly the challenging economic conditions for many Egyptians due to inflation, some European and American media outlets emphasized these challenges more than others.

The report highlights that many reports linked the elections with the events in Gaza, indicating that tension on the Egyptian borders reflected positively on El-Sisi’s campaign.

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