As it happened: Egypt Elections day 1

2014-05-26 07:41
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Good morning and welcome to the liveupdates of yet another crucial election on the African soil. Egypt today goes to the polls to elect the country's next leader after the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

14:20 - Well, we shall end here today. What remains clear is that Egyptians have voted peacefully on the first day of a two-day election - apart from a bombing incident in the city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra, which police, however, denied.

Please join us again tomorrow as News24 continue to bring you the latest on this election.

Cheers for now.

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13:11 - Read an Ahram Online report where the main contenders Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Hamdeen Sabahi air their views on the country’s key issues just a few days before elections. Is it going to be an easy road for the winner? Click here

13:05 - Egyptian Streets reports that at least 3.2 million Egyptians had cast their ballots as of 13:00 Local Time.

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12:17 - A BBC report gives details on the massive security operation that has been mounted by police and the military, amid fear of attacks by militants seeking to disrupt the polls. Read more here.

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'Cairo Statement' urges revolutionaries to unite against 'post-coup' Egypt, tweets Ahram Online

11:09 - Egyptian Streets says seven polling stations in #Assiut commenced voting later than scheduled due to late arrival of judges.

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10:59 abc News takes a look at some of the important things about the Egyptian election. Click here.

10:55 - A Reuters report says Sisi is on the brink of presidency. Read more here.

10:52 - 5 things you need to know about Egypt's election. Click here.

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10:39 - A number of non-Islamist groups are also boycotting the election, including most of the members of the Way of the Revolution Front.

10:36 Ahram Online also reports that several groups are boycotting today’s election in protest. The Muslim Brotherhood-led National Alliance to Support Legitimacy argue that Mohammed Morsi - in prison facing an array of charges - is still Egypt's legitimate president and have called for a boycott and for protests.

10:34 - In Al-Gamaliya, the historic heart of Islamic Cairo where Al-Sisi grew up, long queues of women and the elderly were reported at several polling stations by state news agency MENA. Voters are casting their ballots as patriotic songs boom from loudspeakers outside. Reports Ahram Online

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9:59 - Reports say police and army are co- operatively securing the electoral process.A security source explained to the Ahram Arabic website that army forces are also deployed in front of polling stations and in nearby streets.This is according to Amwal Al Ghad.

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9:44 - #Egypt's Prime Minister arrives at the polling station in Maadi to cast his ballot, tweets Egyptian Streets.

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9:02 - Police, according to Al Arabia English have denied reports of polling station bomb blast.

9:00 - Reuters gives a more detailed story on the reported bomb explosion in Egypt's city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra.

Cairo - A homemade bomb exploded outside a polling station in the Egyptian city of El-Mahalla El-Kubra on Monday, state TV reported, on the first day of voting in presidential elections.

Egypt has faced a surge in violence after the army ousted the country's first democratically elected president Mohamed Mursi in July following mass protests against his rule and announced a roadmap that would see presidential and parliamentary elections this year.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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8:49 - Al Arabia English says presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al- #Sisi has cast his vote in Heliopolis.

8:46 - Presidential Elections Committee says high turnout across #Egypt just 45 minutes after polling stations opened, according to Egyptian Streets.

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8:41 - Egyptian Streets says home-made bomb has exploded outside a polling station in Egypt's El-Mahalla El-Kubra. No injuries reported, according to State Television.

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8:33 - Police forces disperse march by Muslim Brotherhood followers on Giza’s Haram Street before it started, says  IbnKhaldun. The organisation also tweets that a polling station located in a school in Assiut Governorate opened 15 minutes ahead of schedule

8:29 - Sisi is greeting voters at the ballot station after he exited and cast his ballot, tweets Egyptian Streets

8:28 - Presidential Candidate Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrives in Heliopolis to cast his ballot at the Khulafa Rashedeen School, tweets Egyptian Streets

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8:19 - There are reports that voters have gather in large numbers at polling stations in Alexandria.

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Al Arabia News tweets that polling stations are now open and voting has started.

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8:10 - And just who is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi? Read his profile here.

8:09 - Al Jazeera elucidates on what it takes to be an Egyptian presidential candidate. Click here to read more.

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7:49 -But just how genuine is this election? A BBC report looks into this in detail. Click here to read more.

7:47 -According to reports Sisi won a landslide victory in the Presidential elections held for Egyptian expatriates last week. Read more here

7:37 - One of the main contenders Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who orchestrated the military overthrow of Morsi, is widely expected to garner the highest amount of votes.

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Read more on:    mohammed morsi  |  abdel fattah al-sisi  |  egypt  |  north africa  |  egypt elections 2014

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