Egypt opens polls for presidential election

Source: Xinhua| 2018-03-26 15:31:36|Editor: Yurou
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A man casts his ballot at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, on March 26, 2018. Voting of Egypt's presidential election began on Monday. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

CAIRO, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Voting of Egypt's presidential election began on Monday, with an expected easy win for incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Polls opened at 9 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) on the first of three days of voting.

Sisi casted his vote in Cairo, state TV reported.

Egypt has over 59 million eligible voters out of the country's 104 million population. A week ago, the country wrapped up the voting process of Egyptian expatriates in 124 countries across the world.

There are some 13,706 polling stations at schools nationwide, with about 18,000 judges overseeing the voting process that is also monitored by at least 53 local organizations and nine international ones, besides more than 680 foreign reporters.

Sisi's sole rival in the presidential race is little known politician Moussa Mostafa Moussa, Chairman of liberal Ghad Party, after a couple of possible strong challengers have either withdrawn or disqualified for violations.

The election result will be announced on April 2, according to the National Election Authority.

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