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Voters discover marijuana plants at Egyptian school

The school, in the Nile Delta area, was being used as a polling station

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Voters queuing to cast their ballot in Egypt’s presidential election reportedly stumbled across cannabis plants being grown in a school yard.

The school, in the Nile Delta area, was being used as a polling station on the first day of Egypt’s presidential election.

According to independent media network Welad El-Balad, security forces confiscated the plants and have filed a report.

Meanwhile, a third day of voting has been added as Egyptians were initially slow to vote after authorities struggled to get people to cast their ballots, Reuters news agency reported.

Voter turnout after two days of Egypt’s presidential elections was about 37 percent, an electoral official said Tuesday. The lower-than-expected turnout threatened to damage the credibility of the man widely forecast to win, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

On social media, Egyptians were posting pictures of empty polling stations, while a front-page headline in privately owned al-Masry al-Youm newspaper said: “The state searches for a vote.”