Egypt extends presidential election voting 1 day

Associated Press
An Egyptian man reads a local newspaper with the headline in Arabic reading, "Egypt surprises the world," outside a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Egyptians were lining up to vote on Tuesday, the second and final day of the presidential election with the country's former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi poised for an almost certain victory. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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State TV says Egypt's election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout.

Government officials, media and the military harangued voters to go to the polls Tuesday in what was supposed to be the final day of the vote, worried that turnout was weaker than expected. The front-runner, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is trying to garner an overwhelming show of support.

Monitoring groups and el-Sissi's rival candidate reported low turnout by early Tuesday. Closer to sunset, numbers increased.

The election commission extended the voting one more day, Wednesday, citing complaints that migrant workers have been unable to vote where they reside because of laws making doing so difficult.

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