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Egypt’s ousted president Mubarak votes in presidential election

Egyptian election workers count ballots on the third and last day of the 2018 Egyptian presidential elections in Faiyum, Egypt [Ragy Maged/Anadolu Agency]

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak yesterday cast his vote on the third day of the country’s 2018 presidential election.

Security forces were extensively deployed around polling stations in Cairo’s eastern neighbourhood of Heliopolis to secure Mubarak’s participation in the elections.

The spokesperson of the National Election Authority (NEA), Mahmoud El-Sherif, told Sada Al-Balad, that “former president Mubarak’s vote in the presidential election is valid as long as his name was included in the voters’ database.”

Egypt’s presidential election was launched on Monday across all the country’s provinces and was concluded yesterday.

Some 59,078,138 Egyptians are registered to vote on the NEA’s database.

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According to the NEA, 18,000 judges supervised the polling stations, while some 110,000 civil servants worked to ensure the voting process was secure.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who seeks a second term, faces little challenge as a result of the arrest and intimidation campaign undertaken in the lead up to the elections. Moussa Mustafa Moussa, who has expressed support for Al-Sisi, remains the only candidate running against Al-Sisi in order to prevent him from running uncontested.

Politicians say that the Egyptian authorities have manipulated the elections to guarantee a win for Al-Sisi.

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