An Egyptian woman casts her ballot at a polling station in the northern port city of Alexandria's eastern Bakus district, on the third day of voting in the 2018 presidential elections on March 28, 2018. / AFP / STRINGER
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With only a few hours before polls closed Wednesday evening, the electoral commission issued a last-minute call for people to vote, hoping to boost the turnout figure that Sisi regards as vital to legitimizing his predicted victory.On the first two days of voting, turnout was about 21 percent, according to two sources monitoring the election.Late yesterday turnout was between 15 and 20 percent, the diplomat told Reuters, requesting anonymity, with around 30 percent in some centers Wednesday.In Alexandria, an election observer said three polling stations had turnouts of 26.6, 32 and 33.75 percent by late afternoon.At the last election in 2014, turnout was 47 percent, although Sisi won 97 percent of the overall vote.Sisi said he wanted more opponents to stand, but instead faced just one who has been dismissed as a dummy candidate. Sisi said he had nothing to do with opposition candidates pulling out, and has urged people to vote in great numbers. The election commission pledged the vote would be free and fair.
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