An Egyptian supporter of former army chief and presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (portrait) chants slogans in a street in Cairo on the second day of Egypt's presidential election May 27, 2014. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI
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Voting in Egypt's presidential election was slow on Wednesday after polling was extended for a third day in an attempt to boost turnout, raising questions about the level of support for the man forecast to win, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.The two-day vote was originally due to conclude on Tuesday but was extended until 9 p.m. (1800 GMT) Wednesday to allow the "greatest number possible" to vote, state media reported.Voter turnout may have also been low because some Egyptians who decided Sisi's victory was a foregone conclusion saw no point in casting ballots.Unlike the previous election which brought Mursi to power and was contested by a dozen candidates, Sisi faces only one rival now: the leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, whose campaign rejected the extra day of voting.Turnout in the 2012 election won by Mursi was 52 percent -- a level this vote must exceed for Sisi to enjoy full political legitimacy, said Hassan Nafaa, a professor of political science at Cairo University.Sisi had called for a turnout of 40 million, or 80 percent of the electorate.
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