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Egyptian voters avoiding polls

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A strong turnout would grant legitimacy to the ouster nearly a year ago of the nation's first freely-elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.(Source: CBS) A strong turnout would grant legitimacy to the ouster nearly a year ago of the nation's first freely-elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.(Source: CBS)

CAIRO (CBS) - Egypt's presidential election entered its third day on Wednesday after authorities extended voting to bolster an unexpectedly low turnout.

Polling centers opened early on Wednesday, but initial signs suggested that voting was thin or nonexistent.

Turnout is important to the man heavily favored to win the election, former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

A strong turnout would grant legitimacy to his ouster nearly a year ago of the nation's first freely-elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

Opponents say the low turnout showed the depth of discontent with el-Sissi, not just among his Islamist foes but also within a broader section of the public that says he has no solutions for Egypt's woes and fears he will return Egypt to the autocratic ways of former leader, dictator Hosni Mubarak.

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