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Vote on Egypt’s New President Extended

May 27, 2014

Egypt’s Presidential Elections Committee has announced that the Presidential elections will be extended to a third day, reported state media. The Presidential Election’s Committee stated that the decision to extend the voting came as a result of “extremely hot temperatures and high turnout of voters in the evening and the inability to keep polling stations open late into the night.” The Committee added that the decision also came as a response to the will of many concerned parties and voters. Voting on Egypt’s new President will now close on Wednesday May 28 at 9PM. Low turnout? Turnout on the second day of Egypt’s elections has been lower than expected, according to observers and analysts. In a statement on television, the Ministry of Interior’s spokesperson stated that a turnout of 35 percent was expected by the end of the second day of voting. The spokesperson added that turnout has been much higher in rural areas. Government officials, including the Minister of Local Development, have blamed the hot weather and fasting ahead of Ramadan for the lower than expected turnout. Meanwhile, some government sources, including campaign officials, blamed the Presidential Elections Committee…

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