Published: 2018-03-28 17:37
Last Updated: 2018-03-28 17:50
A 500 EGP fine will be imposed on Egyptians who did not vote in the presidential elections despite being eligible, according to state-owned newspaper, Al-Ahram, citing Mahmoud al-Sherif, the spokesman of the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
The presidential election, in which the current president, Abdel Fattah Sisi, is expected to breeze into a second term, has entered its third and final day on Wednesday.
The NEC dismissed rumors that the voting period would be extended and asserted the election will come to a close at 9:00 p.m.
According to the NEC statistics, the election process is handled by nearly 110,000 officials, observed by 18,600 judges, monitored by 54 local and 9 foreign organizations, and covered by 680 foreign correspondents. The final results will be announced on April 2.
The fine aims to encourage voter turnout and deter voters from adhering to the urge of the eight opposition parties, who accused the government of preventing “any fair competition”, to boycott the election and “Stay at Home”, according to Al-Jazeera.