Egyptian new Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab talks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Cairo, March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Al Youm Al Saabi Newspaper
CAIRO, May 27 (Aswat Masriya) - Egypt's Prime Minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, said on Tuesday that the latest indicators he has received show that the voting turnout across the country has exceeded 30 percent so far.
Egyptians are casting their votes to choose their future president in the two-day voting process that started on Monday.
"Today's turnout is better than yesterday's," Mahlab told Aswat Masriya.
The Presidential Elections Commission (PEC) granted voters earlier today an extra day to head to the ballot boxes and vote.
"The turnout is not as low as some say," the prime minister said.
Mahlab explained the cabinet's decision to declare Tuesday an official holiday was based on the request of several people he met on Monday.
"When I felt that this was a collective request, I agreed to it."
Mahlab considered the elections "exemplary and laudable", expressing his joy with "the festive mood that fills the street".