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Egyptians Snap Photos Of Empty Poll Booths

So few people have come out to vote in Egypt's election that vacant polling stations have become a thing.

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Photos like this appeared across Egyptian Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts Tuesday, as it became clear how few people were voting for the country's next president as initially expected.

This is just how happy people are to take advantage of the day off PM Mehleb gave them to go vote. #egyptelections

Amr Kotb@AmrQotb

This is just how happy people are to take advantage of the day off PM Mehleb gave them to go vote. #egyptelections

10:58 AM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Despite Egyptian officials announcing a third day of voting and declaring a national holiday, complete with free public transportation, the polls were noticeably empty.

In my area, empty voting station, more people across street at falafel store. #Alexandria #Egypt #EgyElections

Amro Ali@_amroali

In my area, empty voting station, more people across street at falafel store. #Alexandria #Egypt #EgyElections

1:40 PM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some people had to resort to creative means to get out the vote.

Egyptian writer urges women to abstain from having sex with their husbands till they go vote!

Ahmed Ateyya @Ateyya

Egyptian writer urges women to abstain from having sex with their husbands till they go vote!

10:55 AM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A few one-man dance parties happened, but they were a bit lonely.

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Some couldn't help notice the difference between the last elections in 2012, when voter turnout was at 46 percent in the first round.

Another nearly empty poll in Mohandiseen. Saw a line around the block here in 2012. Officer says many voted y'day.

Jared Malsin@jmalsin

Another nearly empty poll in Mohandiseen. Saw a line around the block here in 2012. Officer says many voted y'day.

10:16 AM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This year, voters complained about the lack of a real campaign between the two candidates, Hamdeen Sabahi and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “We vote and vote and this country keeps getting worse and worse. So now I say, no more voting,” said one woman.

لجنة في المنيرة مفيهاش ولا نفر

الأخت آية@ayaabdullah

لجنة في المنيرة مفيهاش ولا نفر

8:39 AM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some worry that Egyptian officials would inflate the number of voters, but monitoring groups said that they had been allowed to observe the elections freely.

Election committees empty and Egyptian government newspapers says millions of voters. #Egypt #Anticoup #R4bia

Mo3tZ@Moataz_ELgaml

Election committees empty and Egyptian government newspapers says millions of voters.
#Egypt #Anticoup #R4bia

2:18 PM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

TV crews and journalists struggled to find voters – or boycotters – who could speak about what will happen next in Egypt. Most agreed that Sisi, who is widely expected to win the vote, will not be entering office with the mandate he had hoped for.

الصحفيين في انتظار الناس

Amna Gad@AmnaGad

الصحفيين في انتظار الناس

9:46 AM - 27 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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