Al Sisi heads for big win in early count

 29 May 2014 - 3:46

Presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gestures to his supporters as he arrives with his bodyguards at a polling station to cast his vote during the presidential election in Cairo.

CAIRO: Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah Al Sisi was on course for a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential election yesterday, according to early provisional results.  Sisi’s campaign said their man had captured 93.4 percent with 2,000 polling stations counted, while judicial sources said he had 89 percent with 3,000 polling stations counted. His only rival, veteran leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, was on 2.9 percent according to the Sisi campaign, while the judicial sources put Sabahi on 5 percent, with the rest of the ballots deemed void.
Turnout was 44.4 percent of Egypt’s 54 million voters, according to the judicial sources. That would be less than the 40 million votes, or 80 percent of the electorate, that Sisi had called for last week. The lower than expected turnout figure raises questions about Sisi’s credibility as leader of the Arab world’s most populous nation.