Egypt election enters second day

CAIRO - Egyptians are going to the polls on the final day of voting in the country's presidential election.

Former army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year, is standing against left-wing candidate Hamdeen Sabahi.

Mr Sisi is forecast to win the presidential election - the second in two years - by a comfortable margin.

Unofficial results are expected hours after polls close at 20:00 (18:00 GMT).

More than 250,000 members of the security forces are on duty at polling stations across the country, according to the interior ministry, amid fear of attacks by militants seeking to disrupt the polls.

Voting on Monday passed off without an major incidents.

Shortly after polls opened on the first day, Mr Sisi cast his vote at a polling station in Heliopolis, Cairo, amid a throng of reporters and spectators.

"The Egyptians are coming out to write their history and chart their future," said the 59-year-old, dressed in a dark suit and tie.

Mr Sisi appeals to Egyptians who crave stability after years of political upheaval and anything else than an easy win for him would be a source of astonishment, says the BBC's Kevin Connolly in Cairo.

The scale of turnout will be seen as an indication of the strength of endorsement of the winning candidate. On the first day of voting, turnout appeared lower than in previous elections, Reuters news agency reported.

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