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No appeals filed against results of polling stations: NEC 

Right to appeal results solely with candidates

Spokesperson of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) Mahmoud El-Sherif said that no appeals were submitted by any of the candidates against reports released by electoral stations that witnessed the three days of the 2018 Egyptian presidential election.

Electoral polling stations across the nation have released reports on the voting results, following the sorting process held on Wednesday and Thursday.

On Friday, the commission began receiving appeals, which were scheduled to be settled on Saturday and Sunday. However, no appeal was submitted against the results.

The NEC said, during a press conference held on the last day of the election, that candidates are free to appeal results if they are not satisfied.

Candidates are the only ones who have the right to appeal the results of the election, not average citizens.

The official results of the election will be announced on 2 April. They can be appealed before the Administrative Court on 3 and 4 April.

On Thursday, state-run media announced the preliminary results: President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi secured over 90% of the vote, while his sole opponent Moussa Mostafa Moussa around 3%. These results are based on vote counts in 24 governorates out of 27. Sorting is still ongoing in different governorates across the country.

According to an estimation by state media, a total of 25 million citizens participated the in election, out of 59 million eligible voters, clarifying that 21 million voted in favour of Al-Sisi, while 686,000 voted for Moussa, and the remaining votes were void.

The voting process was supervised by 18,000 judges at 13,706 polling stations across the country. Over 600 journalist and media personnel were approved to cover the election, according to the State Information Service.

Moreover, around 54 local and nine international NGOs were authorised by the NEC to monitor the election, during which they tracked a moderate turnout throughout the three days of voting. They also observed that the most participating societal segments were elderly people, particularly females. Celebrations around polling stations dominated the process of the election and were more notable than the turnout.

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