On Wednesday, the Electoral Authority reiterated a threat to impose a fine of $ 28 on voters who did not vote. The vote was extended by an hour on Wednesday after a sandstorm swept Cairo and kept some people off polls.
Reporting on these tactics in the international media has been severely criticized by the government and its supporters for distorting the image
"So the foreign media chose the dark," wrote Hany Assal, a columnist for the state newspaper Ahram. "It reported and looked for the negative and worked hard to emphasize it."
The State Information Service warned foreign reporters of undetermined consequences for "unprofessional" coverage of the election.
Mr. Sisi's western allies have largely remained silent about the campaign, with little or no criticism, despite journalists being arrested and the military imprisoned by a former army chief who tried to counter Sisi.
In a message to the United States Embassy Twitter feed on Monday, the first day of the vote, the US Chargé d'Affaires in Cairo, Thomas H. Goldberger said: "As Americans, we are very impressed by the enthusiasm and patriotism the Egyptian voters. "
Timothy E. Kaldas, a non-resident fellow from the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, said the statement sent the wrong message to Mr. Sisi.
"Such a picture without any context of repression that has undermined and undermined the credibility of the vote enables the US government to participate in the repression," he said.
A spokesman for the Cairo Embassy refused to comment.
A handful of American observers invited to oversee the election of Egyptian officials praised the election in enthusiastic social media postings that showed election observers danced with Sisi fans. 19659007] If the hospitality of Egypt is on every corner, and you are invited by elders of the district to join in … what are you doing? # EgyptElection2018 # Egypt_Elections_2018 pic.twitter.com/Uioq8L7HMQ
Andy Braner (@braser)
March 27, 2018
One of the Watchers, Samantha Nerove is a military veteran who runs a nonprofit organization called America Matters. Two others, Andy Braner and Sasha Toperich, wrote an online article before the vote, which concluded: "We should give el-Sisi a chance."
Mr. Sisi has imprisoned tens of thousands of opponents, mostly from the banned Muslim Brotherhood. But he needs a strong demonstration to anchor his legitimacy as he drives the fight against militant Islamists in Sinai and pushes through tough economic reforms that severely squeeze the poor Egyptians.
Under the Egyptian law, Mr. Sisi can only serve one term and. He is speculating that he will amend the constitution to extend this term of office or abolish, denied. Sisi, then a general, came to power in 2013 after leading a military takeover that overthrew democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood after a mass uprising [1965-90]. Mursi, who was sentenced to 20 years in 2012 in connection with the killing of protesters and is still being charged with spy charges, remains in Torah High Security Prison, also known as Scorpion, south of Cairo.
His family say he suffers from poor health and has recently hired five British MPs and lawyers to raise awareness of his plight. The group requested permission from the Egyptian government to visit Mr. Mursi in prison to assess his terms, it said Wednesday. They did not receive an answer.
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