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Egypt presidency hails ‘high turnout’ in key referendum

Initial tallies published by state media suggest more than 90 percent of voters approved the new constitution


A handout picture released by Egyptian presidency shows Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour showing his ink-stained finger after voting on a new constitution outside a polling station in Cairo on 14 January 2014.
A handout picture released by Egyptian presidency shows Egypt’’s interim president Adly Mansour showing his ink-stained finger after voting on a new constitution outside a polling station in Cairo on 14 January 2014.

AFP – Egypt’s presidency hailed on Thursday a “high turnout” in a constitutional referendum, billed by the military-installed government as an endorsement of the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

Initial tallies published by state media suggest more than 90 percent of voters approved the new constitution in two days of polling that ended Wednesday.

Official results are expected by Saturday.

The president’s spokesman “remarked, on the high turnout in the referendum, that it was a beautiful day for Egypt and democracy,” a statement said.

However, the statement provided no concrete numbers.

The government had hoped that the referendum would bolster its democratic credentials after a brutal crackdown on Morsi’s followers that has killed more than 1,000 people in street clashes.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has organised near daily rallies since his overthrow, boycotted the referendum and said it would go ahead with more protests.

The referendum may launch a presidential bid by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who has conditioned standing in elections on a show of support.

“This turnout expresses a rejection of terrorism, and an affirmation by the people of their willingness to achieve the results of the road map to the future, and economic development and stability,” the presidential statement said.

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  • Biff Jay

    Right, he praises a “high” turnout but him and the article don’t say what the turnout was. Sorry but 36-38% turnout is not “high”, especially given that almost no one voted “NO”, meaning that they didn’t view it as a legitimate election to express their disagreement. Had it been 36-38% with a significant percentile of “NO” votes I would respect it a little more. It shows Egypt is divided and many do not view the current government as respectable or legitimate.

    Furthermore, it shows how flawed and biased Egyptian surveys and polling are, when they laughably predicted a 75% voter turnout days before the election.

    • Ahmed Bata

      The turnout for the election that put Morsi in power, was 33% I believe. He won by a 1 to 2 percent margin, against an opponent that was perceived to be a throwback to the old regime. Put in this context, the turnout is good enough to show that Morsi and his brotherhood have lost their mandate.

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