Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Letters from Egypt: SUPRRISE!

The results from the presidential elections between former army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and previous presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahy held May 26-28 will be announced today. It was such a close race, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will win…

Voter participation was so low that polling stations remained open an extra day. In addition, on May 26 at 11 pm, the government declared May 27 a holiday in hopes of encouraging a higher turnout.

Figures out of the Electoral Commission said that 37% of the eligible voters had taken part in the elections although analysts refuted that claim. The AP reported that one voting station in the Cairo neighborhood of Zamalak failed to see a single voter more than an hour after it opened. Another precinct in the Maadi neighborhood of Cairo, saw a very short line compared to the lines in the 2012 elections that were wrapped around buildings spilling over onto other streets.

The election organizers blamed the heat as the main culprit behind low numbers although temperatures remained stagnant over the past week as well as outdoor cafes continuing business as usual. Supporters of the former president Mohammed Morsi boycotted the vote while others simply feel as though Sisi will win regardless.

So get your surprise reveal party ready and practice your shocked facial expressions. Load them on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. And get ready because on Saturday, June 7 – Egypt’s new president will take office.

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