Egypt extends voting in presidential election for 3rd day

State TV says Egypt’s election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout.

CAIRO, Egypt — State TV says Egypt’s election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout.

Government officials, media and the military harangued voters to go to the polls Tuesday 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 el-Sissi’s rival candidate reported low turnout by early Tuesday. Closer to sunset, numbers increased.

The election commission extended the voting one more day, Wednesday, citing complaints that migrant workers have been unable to vote where they reside because of laws making doing so difficult.

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