Egypt opens polls for voting in presidential election

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Voting began across Egypt on Monday in a presidential election expected to deliver a sweeping victory to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Some 60 million voters in the Arab world's most populous country (100 mln) have from 9:00 am (0700 GMT) Monday until Wednesday to choose between Sisi and his challenger, Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

Egyptian television showed footage of Sisi appearing in a polling station in Heliopolis to vote.

In this election, Sisi competes with Moussa Mustafa Moussa, head of Al Ghad party, who submitted his candidacy papers at the last hour before closure.

Security and medical services were organized in front of the headquarters of the committees, and army and police forces were deployed to secure voters and facilitate voting.

The Ministry of Local Development announced that round-the-clock reports would be prepared to identify participation rates in the elections.

The Egyptian government has completed all necessary procedures and arrangements to organize the insurance work for the elections and provide a safe environment during the voting process.

The armed forces are participating in securing the electoral process with all its components including field armies, military zones, and the armed forces leadership, as well as all concerned bodies of the State.

The Egyptian army announced the deployment of its forces in the provinces to secure the electoral process in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior.

The election comes two days after the terrorist bombing that targeted the director of security in Alexandria, which killed two policemen and injured seven others.

The elections for Egyptian expatriates were held on March 23-25.

(With AFP)