Egypt threatens to fine people who fail to vote in presidential election

It is mandatory to vote in Egypt and those who do not vote face a fine of up to $28

According to the NEA, 59 million Egyptians are eligible to vote in the three-day presidential election that began on 26 March.

The polling agency said voting in the election is a national duty and that imposing the fine is a practice applied in some other countries across the world and not limited to Egypt.

NEA's statement however contradicts Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal’s assurances on Monday, when he said that citizens would not be fined if they chose not to participate in the polls.

The country's incumbent president, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, is widely expected to win a second term in the controversial polls.

His sole opponent is little-known head of the liberal Al-Ghad Party, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who has previously said he supports Mr Sisi.

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