Initial results of Egypt's presidential elections show that incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is securing an overwhelming majority, with a vote share of around 90%, Ahram Online reported Thursday (March 29th).
Early estimates of turnout have varied from one governorate to another as vote counting began late on Wednesday after polls closed in a three-day vote.
Al-Sisi is running against a sole challenger, Ghad Party head Moussa Mostafa Moussa, in this election.
In Egypt's second city of Alexandria, al-Sisi received around 88% of the vote, with a turnout of about 38%, Ahram Arabic news website reported. His rival Moussa gained less than 3% of the vote.
In Daqahliya, one of the country's most populated governorates, al-Sisi received 85% of the vote, with almost 47% of eligible voters casting their ballots.
In the Nile Delta governorate of Gharbiya, al-Sisi obtained 90% of the vote, with a turnout of more than 50%, Egypt's state news agency MENA said.
In Beheira, another governorate with a large population, al-Sisi garnered 87.5% of the vote while Moussa obtained 2.5%.
Hours before polls closed on Wednesday, the country's electoral authority extended the vote by one hour.
There are around 59 million eligible voters in Egypt. Official results are due on April 2nd.