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A Day at the Polling Stations

The government extends hours and announces holiday to encourage voters to turn out
By Ahmed Mansour

 

 

 

A worker arranges boxes of ballots at the Giza courthouse a day before the country's two-day presidential elections begins. Interim President Adly Mansour had urged citizens to come out and vote in this week's presidential election, saying the vote will shape the nation's future. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

A worker arranges boxes of ballots at the Giza courthouse a day before the country’s two-day presidential elections begins. Interim President Adly Mansour had urged citizens to come out and vote in this week’s presidential election, saying the vote will shape the nation’s future. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

In the shadow of the Giza Pyramids, voters wait to cast their ballots in the presidential election in Giza, Egypt, Monday, May 26, 2014. The balloting is taking place amid tight security, with some 500,000 soldiers and police deployed. (AP Photo/Ahmed Taranh)

In the shadow of the Giza Pyramids, voters wait to cast their ballots in the presidential election in Giza, Egypt, Monday, May 26, 2014. The balloting is taking place amid tight security, with some 500,000 soldiers and police deployed. (AP Photo/Ahmed Taranh)

 

An Egyptian voter poses for a photo with a soldier outside a polling station during the first day of presidential elections in Cairo. The balloting is taking place amid tight security, with some 500,000 soldiers and police deployed. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

An Egyptian voter poses for a photo with a soldier outside a polling station during the first day of presidential elections in Cairo. The balloting is taking place amid tight security, with some 500,000 soldiers and police deployed. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

A youth carries a tray of refreshments for election workers during the first day of a presidential election in Cairo. On May 25, Abdul-Aziz Salman, president of the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC), announced that polling hours would be extended for both election days to end at 10pm instead of 9pm, as originally scheduled. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

A youth carries a tray of refreshments for election workers during the first day of a presidential election in Cairo. On May 25, Abdul-Aziz Salman, president of the Presidential Elections Committee (PEC), announced that polling hours would be extended for both election days to end at 10pm instead of 9pm, as originally scheduled. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

 

Voters take shade under the Egyptian flag outside a polling station. Mohamed Fayeq, president of the National Human Rights Institute, had called upon the Presidential Elections Committee to keep the polls open until 11pm in light of expected high temperatures in the Upper Egyptian governorates, but hours were only extended until 10pm.

Voters take shade under the Egyptian flag outside a polling station. Mohamed Fayeq, president of the National Human Rights Institute, had called upon the Presidential Elections Committee to keep the polls open until 11pm in light of expected high temperatures in the Upper Egyptian governorates, but hours were only extended until 10pm.

 

An Egyptian voter holds his ballot before voting in the presidential election in Cairo. The Presidential Elections Committee announced that ballots marked with hearts or “I love you” messages would be considered valid, relaxing rules that prohibited extra marks on the voting papers.  (AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy)

An Egyptian voter holds his ballot before voting in the presidential election in Cairo. The Presidential Elections Committee announced that ballots marked with hearts or “I love you” messages would be considered valid, relaxing rules that prohibited extra marks on the voting papers.  (AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy)

 

A voter inks her finger after casting her ballot in the presidential election. General Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of interior, said in an official statement that the sons of the former President Hosni Mubarak are not allowed to vote in the presidential elections. The minister also stated that “the EU is very satisfied with how smooth and transparent the elections are going.” (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

A voter inks her finger after casting her ballot in the presidential election. General Mohamed Ibrahim, minister of interior, said in an official statement that the sons of the former President Hosni Mubarak are not allowed to vote in the presidential elections. The minister also stated that “the EU is very satisfied with how smooth and transparent the elections are going.” (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

 

At the end of the first voting day, El-Sisi supporters celebrated what they see as a certain victory for their candidate. While the day passed peacefully across most of the country, there were reports of clashes between supporters of the two candidates and between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who are boycotting on the belief the election is illegitimate. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

At the end of the first voting day, El-Sisi supporters celebrated what they see as a certain victory for their candidate. While the day passed peacefully across most of the country, there were reports of clashes between supporters of the two candidates and between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, who are boycotting on the belief the election is illegitimate. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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