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Egypt extends presidential vote

Published 27/05/2014 | 17:22

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Egyptian security forces stand guard outside a polling station in Alexandria (AP)

Egypt's election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout, state TV reported.

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Government officials, media and the military had earlier today harangued voters to go to the polls in what was supposed to be the final day of the vote, worried that turnout was weaker than expected.

The front-runner, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is trying to garner an overwhelming show of support.

Monitoring groups and Mr el-Sissi's rival candidate reported low turnout early today, but numbers had increased by the evening.

The election commission extended the voting to tomorrow, citing complaints that migrant workers have been unable to vote where they reside because laws were making it difficult.

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