Mod­er­ate turnout in Daqahleya, Qena; lim­ited in Oc­to­ber, Zayed on fi­nal day of vot­ing

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Mo­hammed El-Said

On the third and fi­nal day of vot­ing in the 2018 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, Egyp­tian cit­i­zens across the na­tion headed to polling sta­tions on Wednesday to elect their next pres­i­dent, choos­ing be­tween two can­di­dates: in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi and head of El-Ghad Party Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

In Sixth of Oc­to­ber, polling sta­tions wit­nessed lim­ited turnout on the fi­nal day of vot­ing. Polling cen­tres at Nah­dat Misr Pri­vate School, in the dis­tinc­tive Al Mo­ta­mayez neigh­bour­hood, wit­nessed lim­ited turnout.The neigh­bour­hood is con­sid­ered one of the up­scale neigh­bour­hoods of Sixth Oc­to­ber, where many celebri­ties live.

One of the vot­ers at the sta­tion was Ay­man Ser­sawy, a 49-year-old en­gi­neer, who said he cast his bal­lot for Al-Sisi, the “saviour of na­tion,” and called upon the “lazy” younger gen­er­a­tions to go to polling sta­tions and cast their bal­lots and not to be on the same side as “traitors” who want to “de­stroy” Egypt.

Lobna Safwat, 43, a house­wife, said she voted for the na­tion, not for a per­son. “I do not care about the can­di­date you will elect, but you should vote, for the sake of the fu­ture of the na­tion,” she said.

On another side of the city, at Osama bin Zaid Prepara­tory School in the 10th Dis­trict, a num­ber of cit­i­zens gath­ered in front of the polling sta­tion, cel­e­brat­ing and rais­ing Egypt’s flags and Al-Sisi’s pho­tos. Turnout at the sta­tion was mod­er­ate with a no­table pres­ence of women, ac­cord­ing to the head of the sta­tion, who re­fused to dis­close his name.

Polling cen­tres at Sheikh Zayed Sec­ondary School wit­nessed lim­ited to mod­er­ate turnout on the fi­nal day of vot­ing.

Most Sixth of Oc­to­ber and Sheikh Zayed res­i­dents be­long to other gov­er­norates.

In the gov­er­norate of Daqahleya, ru­ral dis­tricts such as Belqas, Mit Ghamr, and Miniat Al-Nasr recorded higher turnout than Man­soura, the cap­i­tal city of the governor ate, ac­cord­ing to Mon a Basha, a jour­nal­ist based in Man­soura. Basha said that the sec­ond and fi­nal day of the elec­tion wit­nessed higher turnout from mid­dle-aged Egyp­tians, adding that a small num­ber from younger gen­er­a­tions cast their bal­lots. Stu­dents at Man­soura Univer­sity or­gan­ised a rally in the streets sur­round­ing the univer­sity to call upon cit­i­zens to vote in the elec­tion.

In the gov­er­norate of Be­heira, west of the Nile Delta, a jour­nal­ist based in Da­man­hour, the cap­i­tal city of the gov­er­norate, told Daily News Egypt that the gov­er­norate wit­nessed lim­ited turnout in most of its ar­eas. He also stressed the lim­ited pres­ence of younger gen­er­a­tions at polling sta­tions.

The gov­er­norate of Fay­oum, in Mid­dle Egypt, con­tin­ued to wit­ness an above mod­er­ate turnout of vot­ers.

To the south, in the gov­er­norate of Qena in Up­per Egypt, the fi­nal day of vot­ing wit­nessed mod­er­ate turnout at polling sta­tions, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral re­gions com­pared to ur­ban cen­tres. Ac­cord­ing to Daily News Egypt’s source there, the gov­er­norate wit­nessed high turnout over­all dur­ing the three-day vot­ing process.

In Sixth of Oc­to­ber, polling sta­tions wit­nessed lim­ited turnout on the fi­nal day of vot­ing

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